With diabetes 2, it’s not just about eating less – it’s about eating what’s best
By FMT’s Lifestyle Desk
If you’ve got type 2 diabetes – the far more common form of the disease which is associated with obesity and an unhealthy lifestyle – your daily goal should be to keep your blood sugar levels stable. Maintaining a healthy, balanced diet is one of the main ways to achieve this – and incorporating certain superfoods goes a great way towards keeping your diabetes (unfortunately, a life-long condition) permanently under your thumb.
Why they’re good: Whether they’re kidney, pinto or navy, beans provide a winning combination of high-quality carbohydrates, protein and fibre that help stabilize your body’s blood sugar levels and keep hunger in check. (People with type 2 diabetes have trouble keeping their blood sugar levels stable because their bodies can’t produce or properly use insulin, which helps move glucose from the bloodstream into the cells.)
Why they’re good: Egg whites are the perfect base for a diabetes-friendly meal because they’re low-calorie (17 calories apiece) and rich in high-quality protein, so they can help keep your weight and blood sugar level on an even keel. And they’re cholesterol-free, since all the cholesterol is in the yolk.
Why they’re good: Nuts — all types, including peanuts, walnuts, pistachios, pecans and cashews — are primarily composed of heart-healthy fats and protein, two ingredients that keep blood sugar stable by slowing down the rate at which your body absorbs carbohydrates. Nuts also contain monounsaturated fat and, in some cases, omega-3s, both of which improve cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Since having type 2 diabetes also puts you at a higher risk for heart disease, nuts are a win-win.
Based on an article published in www.KindMeal.my