Monday, July 9, 2007

Diabetes Foods – What to Take and What to Avoid?

Diabetes is a common disease that has to be managed carefully otherwise may results in serious complications. With proper meal plan, you can take care of your health and make yourself healthy and fit.

The major concern in controlling diabetes is to see that the sugar level does not cross the recommended level. This means you need to avoid certain types of food and take regularly those foods which are good for controlling diabetes.

In short, processed foods and junk foods must be totally given up. Avoid sweets, glucose, fruit sugar, cakes, ice cream, chocolates, soft drinks, cream and fried foods. White sugar and white flour also cause further damage to the health of diabetes patients. Anything that contains harmful preservatives and too much salt should be avoided. Smoking and alcohol are taboo as well. So, in conclusion, your food is your medicine.

Diabetes patients are recommended to take green tea, parsley tea and blueberry leaf. Cook the kidney bean pods and drinks that water—it is very good in the treatment of diabetes. Replace white sugar with palm sugar, dates and honey. Unpolished rice, sprouted grain should be taken in moderate quantity. Fats like olive oil and peanut oil are good in diabetes. Drink water at least 8 to 10 glasses per day. Eat raw vegetables in large quantity. Cooked food raises the level of blood sugar fast. This apart, cooking destroys vitamins, enzymes and minerals in the vegetables and fruits.

Some fruits are also valuable in controlling sugar level. Take grapes, Indian blackberry, fig, kiwi fruits and citrus fruits and pomegranate juice. Let these things be your morning breakfast. As for vegetables, onion, garlic, radish, cucumber, carrot, tomato, cabbage and cucumber are excellent in the treatment of diabetes. Moong sprouted and unripe banana cooked, are also recommended.

Take those fruits and vegetables in which fiber content is very high. Such type of food lowers the need for insulin, the reason being it releases energy into the body cells slowly. High fiber diet means more chromium which is very helpful in the treatment of diabetes. Some herbs and vegetables are specifically prescribed for diabetes, like bitter melon juice.

Read more on Home Remedies for Diabetes - 100% Natural and Safe. Also read benefits of Ayurvedic Cooking.

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