A diabetic can eat anything but it doesn’t mean you can eat them with abandon. So for the question: Is pizza incompatible with diabetes? The answer is absolutely not.
Balanced nutrition and careful planning play vital role in managing your diabetes. The real question is that how do we manage to perfectly incorporate pizza into our diet without suffering from marked hyperglycemia.
Pizza can be lots of things you need to know. On the one hand, you should know it can be a cheese-filled, thick dough topped with the thick layer of the gooey cheese as well as loads of salty, fatty meats such as sausage and pepperoni. On the other hand, pizza can be the thin whole wheat crusts topped with a sprinkle of reduced fatty cheese, tomatoes along with loaded with veggies. Obviously, the type of pizza is more important to diabetics.
Additionally, how often to consume and how much to consume come into play. Eating half of a big pizza or more will be very high in calories, fat and carbohydrates – and is not recommended. But, consuming a slice can more conveniently fit into your healthy eating plan. You still need to consider how often to consume pizza. Don’t eat too much a week.
Pizza crust typically contains the crust made from a refined carbohydrate, white flour. To avoid causing rapid spikes in our blood sugar levels, so limit the amount of pizza we consume at any one time. Opt for the whole wheat pizza crust and thin crust pizza. Your choice of toppings always proves significant in managing your diabetes. Cheese includes some sugar, also a great source of calcium. Opt for a pizza along with light cheese, also manage your cholesterol and weight to control your diabetes. Opt for chicken as a meat topping rather than pepperoni. Some complex carbohydrates like spinach, green peppers, mushrooms, broccoli and tomatoes can help balance out the badly refined carbs in the pizza crust. To keep the pizza as diabetes-friendly as possible, select healthy ingredients based on their effect on our blood sugar.
What to do if I am a pizza fanatic?
Select better pizza options for yourself
Try rounding out a meal with some fruit and a veggie-filled salad. Select thin crusts over pan or thick pizzas, or give it a try if the pizzeria has whole wheat. Skip the meat and ask the pizzas to go light on cheese.
Limit pizza potion size and intake
Consider how often to eat, try to allow yourself pizza at most twice per month, as well as when you do enjoy them, try to limit the portion to at most two slices.
Make your own pizza
If you make your own pizza, you will get more control over toppings. Opt for a pre-made crust or dough or even make your own dough. With the reduced fat cheese, you will make a great pizza sauce.
Consult with your doctor before incorporating any new food items into your diet. If you want to lose weight, pizza won’t help. And if you have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, stick with safer alternatives until you know more about managing type 2 diabetes.