Variety of Foods in Diabetes
Our bodies require nitrients all the time to get energy, to replace and repare proteins and cells throughout the body. There are three important nutrients to do this: protein, fat and carbohydrate. Our bodies also have need of vitamins and various minerals. It is true for everybody, no matter diabetes or no diabetes. Various combinations of these nutrients are found in different foods. By bringing a variety of foofds in your diabetes diet, you are sure to give all the nutrients your body need. And this is much better than substitute healthy food with vitamin supplements, bacause nature know best how to combine essential nutrients in food for best use.
Good sources of carbohydrates for healthy diabetes diaet foods are pasta, whole grain bread, vegetables, cereals, fruits, milk products, grains, and legumes. Healthy protein can be found in meat, poultry, eggs, milk products, and fish. Fats can be found in milk products, nuts, oils, and meat. But fish is also good source of Omega 3 fatty acids, depending on how you cook it. Some ammount of proteins can be derived from nuts and grains. Everything is interconnected in nature. And for person with type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes, and for women with gestational diabetes it is very good idea to learn more about the food and how this food contribute to our health. We can stuff the stomach with french fries to satisfy hunger. That’s true. But what does it mean from the nutritional point of view? And what does it mean for your diabetes management? A disaster, no less. French fries is almost totally starch (glucose) and fats from cooking oil some of it trans fats that is very bad. So no or meager nutritional value. Got it?
If you have diabetes and your choice is intensive diabetes man agement plan, you should learn how to count your calories intake. Any kind of food will provide some energy for your body, but different food shall yield different ammount of calories. You have to learn to balance the total ammount of calories you eat with the total ammount you burn. By the way, proteins provide about the same ammount of energy per gram as carbohydrates do, 4 calories per gram. And fats will give you 9 calories per gram. But you already know this. Right?