Your diet plays an important role in managing diabetes. In fact, your diet and lifestyle are important aspects of diabetes management and treatment. One reason is that the food you eat on a day to day basis has a direct impact on your blood sugar levels.
First and foremost is knowing what you are dealing with. We asked Celebrity Nutritional Consultant Jaydeep Bhuta for his expertise on the subject.
According to him, Diabetes is the incapability of the human body to remove extra glucose that enters the bloodstream. When a person consumes sugar, it eventually ends up in the bloodstream. A normal human body releases a hormone called insulin that helps in regulating blood glucose levels. For a diabetic, this insulin is either not sufficient or not of good quality.
This is why it would not be wrong to say that a diabetic is intolerant to food that has sugar in it. A person with diabetes has a very high HBA1C which restricts the consumption of starchy carbs and sugars.
What most people don’t realize is that carbohydrates have a major role in your blood glucose level. This is because, carbohydrates are the sugars, starches and fibres found in fruits, grains, vegetables and milk products. It is the sugars and starches that eventually breakdown into sugar which enters the bloodstream after consumption.
Hence, for diabetics, I would advise a low-carb diet. Here is a list of 5 foods that are low-carb and are useful for reducing blood sugar levels:
Brazil nuts, macadamia nuts, almonds, walnuts, pecans – These are ideal for those who do not wish to follow a very strict low-carb diet. They can be used as snacks and can replace biscuits. Nuts also provide their nutritional values like potassium, magnesium, zinc and other minerals.
Chicken, mutton, prawns, lobster, crabs and eggs have a high protein quantity and are ideal for those who want to follow a very strict low-carb lifestyle.
Although not very low in carbs, Berries can be consumed too and are preferable to Apples and Mangoes.
4. Leafy green vegetables
Spinach, kale, asparagus, broccoli, methi, lettuce, zucchini, cucumber, mushrooms, green capsicums, cauliflower, french beans are also very low in carbs. In addition, they are packed with vitamins and minerals
5. Cottage Cheese
Cottage cheese is rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals like calcium. Consumption of cottage cheese is ideal for continued good health.