Diabetes Recipes

The growing number of delicious diabetes recipes has broken the misconception that eating will no longer be a fun experience for diabetics. Although diabetes has a direct relationship to food, it does not mean that diabetics will always have to live without ever eating their favorite foods again. For a diabetic to gain control of his or her blood sugar level and enjoy eating at the same time, it all boils down to portions and food choices.

A person suffering from diabetes should continually monitor and control blood sugar levels, making it stay within the optimal, accepted range of 60 to 100 mg/dl. This means regular exercise and proper diet should always be observed. It is important for a diabetic person to have diabetes recipes available to avoid adding too much of some ingredients that should be avoided or monitored carefully.

Making Healthy Food Choices

Actually, a diabetic can eat almost any kind of food, but they should consume certain foods only occasionally and in moderation, especially foods that are high in sugar and fat. Diabetics can live a fulfilled and normal life with a diet of delicious foods, but they must monitor portion size and food exchange. Diabetics might have to avoid certain foods, but the same flavors can still be achieved through food exchange, which is substituting questionable foods or ingredients with those that are safe for a diabetic to eat.

One important food group to include in diabetes recipes is vegetables, such as:

  • Kale
  • Carrots
  • Cabbage
  • Cucumbers
  • Radishes
  • Spinach
  • Sprouted kidney beans

These vegetables are highly recommended for diabetes treatment as they provide the nutrients and minerals needed to boost the immune system. Vegetables are also good sources of fiber and have low glycemic and carbohydrate value, so they aid in bowel elimination that is commonly a problem for most diabetics. Another important group of ingredients in diabetic recipes is of course, the spices, such as:

  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Ginger

These flavorful ingredients add zest and flavor to the recipe without elevating blood glucose or cholesterol levels. Fruits should also be included in diabetes recipes, such as:

  • Guava
  • Fig
  • Kiwi
  • Indian black berry
  • Oranges

Although you should include fruits in your diet, especially at breakfast, you must monitor the amount of fruit you eat, as some fruits have a high glycemic index that is not advisable for diabetics. The use of olive oil and vegetable oils as a healthy alternative for regular cooking oils helps provide the necessary fatty acids a diabetic needs without elevating his or her cholesterol level.

Foods to Avoid

Avoid using white sugar as a sweetener and instead use a healthier alternative such as honey or dates as a substitute. Avoid eating junk foods and processed foods that contain high levels of preservatives because these are health hazards even to those who are not suffering from diabetes. Foods and products with high sugar levels include:

  • Ice cream
  • Cakes
  • Soft drinks
  • Cream
  • Chocolates

These foods contain high amounts of sugar and artificial sweeteners, not to mention fat, and it is better if the diabetic avoids them but if they crave these sweets, they should consume them in very limited amounts.

Cookbooks

Diabetes Cookbook

For better information about diabetes recipes, try reading cook books made especially for diabetics. Some of the best-reviewed diabetes recipe cookbooks are:

  • The 4- Ingredient Diabetes Cookbook – This book teaches diabetics that recipes do not have to be time-consuming or expensive. You can make healthy and delicious recipes from four ingredients or less.
  • Betty Crocker’s Diabetes Cookbook – A collaboration between Betty Crocker and the International Diabetes Center or IDC, it provides easy to make and quick to prepare recipes for diabetics. It is also the first cookbook to feature Carbohydrate Choices.
  • The All-Natural Diabetes Cookbook – This cookbook provides delicious and sweet recipes not made from artificial sweeteners but from whole, naturally fresh foods.
  • Diabetes and Heart Healthy Cookbook – A collaboration between the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association, this cookbook provides diabetics healthy recipes to control their blood sugar and lessen the risk of heart attacks.

When it comes to making diabetes recipes, you do not have to give up taste for healthy food choices. It is important, however, that diabetics be aware of the foods they are to avoid and you always should read food labels. When it comes to taking care of the body, a healthy diet, regular exercise, and awareness will benefit anyone, diabetic or not.

 

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