10 Diabetes Diet Myths Debunked
There are many myths about diabetes and its diet that make it difficult for people to believe some of the hard facts.
- Eating too much sugar doesn’t cause diabetes.
- Diabetes diet does not have a rule book.
- Carbohydrates are not bad for diabetics.
- Medicine adjustments cannot cover what you eat.
Watch carbs, not fat. Avoid cookies, unless they’re sugar-free. Eating white foods? Umm, not sure! Can I snack on fruits? No! Well, what you may think of as diabetes diet facts could actually be wrong.
Simply hearing “diabetes diet” may be enough to make you feel overwhelmed or frustrated. There are many myths about diabetes and its diet that make it difficult for people to believe some of the hard facts.
Here we bust 10 myths related to diabetes diet.
Myth 1: Eating too much sugar causes diabetes.
Fact: The causes of diabetes are not totally understood. What is known is that simply eating too much sugar is unlikely to cause diabetes. Instead, diabetes begins when something disrupts your body’s ability to turn the food you eat into energy.
Myth 2: Diabetes diet is a rule book.
Fact: If you have diabetes, of course, you will need to plan your meals. But the general principle is to follow a ‘diabetes diet’; which means choosing food that will work along with your activities and any medications to keep your blood sugar levels as close to normal as possible.
Myth 3: Carbohydrates are bad for diabetics.
Fact: As a matter of fact, carbohydrates are beneficial for diabetics. They form the foundation of a healthy diabetes diet - or of any healthy diet. The only vigilance that you need to maintain is to monitor how much carbohydrate you eat when following a diabetes diet; because carbohydrates have the greatest effect on blood sugar levels.
Myth 4: Protein is better than carbohydrates.
Fact: The main problem is that many foods rich in protein, such as meat, may also be filled with saturated fat. Eating too much of these fats increases your risk of heart disease.
Myth 5: Medicine adjustment can cover what you eat.
Fact: Only the amount and type of insulin can be adjusted to match the amount of food you eat. But, this doesn’t give you albeit to eat as much as you want, and then just use more insulin to stabilise your sugar level. Don’t even try to adjust other type of diabetes drugs to match varying levels of carbohydrates in your meals unless instructed by your GP.
Myth 6: You can’t eat your favourite food.
Fact: There is no reason for it. You can instead change the way your favourite food is prepared, reduce the portion sizes, and use your favourite food as a reward for following your meal plans. Ask your dietician, he can help you find ways to include your preferred food in you diabetes meal plan.
Myth 7: You can’t eat desserts.
Fact: Wrong! Again, many strategies can give you ways to add desserts to your meal plan. For example, use artificial sweeteners in desserts, instead of two scoops of ice cream, have one, use desserts as an occasional reward for following your diabetes diet plan, and Instead of ice cream, pie or cake, try fruit, a whole-wheat oatmeal-raisin biscuit, or yoghurt.
Myth 8: Artificial sweeteners are not good.
Fact: Artificial sweeteners are not dangerous for people with diabetes. In fact, they are much sweeter than the equivalent amount of sugar. This is why; they can be used in lesser quantity to get the same sweetness found in sugar. This results in fewer calories than using sugar. The charity Diabetes UK says artificial sweeteners can be helpful for people who are trying to manage their weight, but advises people who choose to use them to use a variety of products to reduce the risk of exceeding the average daily intake (ADI) of each.
Myth 9: There are special meals for diabetics.
Fact:”Diabetic diet” is a myth. The foods that are healthy for people with diabetes are also good choices for the rest of your family. Usually, there is no need to prepare special diabetic meals. The only difference being that the diabetic member needs to monitor more closely what he/she eats.
Myth 10: Diet foods are the best choices for diabetes.
Fact: Don’t be duped by the product labels saying “diet” food. Writing this does not make them a better choice for people with diabetes. In fact, “diet” foods can be expensive and no healthier than foods found in the “regular” sections of the supermarket, or foods you prepare yourself. Read the labels carefully for ingredients that might be harmful for you and for amounts of calories in the product.
Now that you have got your facts correct, you must make an effort to learn about making wise food choices. A healthy diet along with exercise and prescribed medicines can help you effectively in keeping your blood sugar levels within normal ranges.
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Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team Jan 25, 2014
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