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Food and diabetes

5 April 2019

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Understanding how food impacts blood sugar levels can help you stay healthy and feel better. Food and drinks are made up of 3 main macronutrients: fats, proteins, and carbs.

We all have different needs but a good balance of the 3 can give you the fuel you need to power through your day!

Introducing: Fats

Essential for a healthy body and are found mainly in meats, dairy products and oils.

How to eat dairy:

  • Milk products are a valuable source of calcium but may include added sugar
  • Consider low-sugar alternatives such as greek style yogurt, mozzarella or semi-skimmed milk

Introducing: Protein

Needed to build muscle and found mainly in meats, pulses (lentils, chickpeas), dairy, eggs, nuts and seeds.

How to eat proteins:

  • Try cooking with leaner cuts of red meat such as skinless chicken or turkey, fish or pulses.

Introducing: Carbohydrates (Carbs)

Found in most foods, they break down into sugar (glucose) and are used for energy.

How to eat carbs:

  • Try less processed options such as brown rice and wholemeal breads.
  • Fruits are a good source of vitamins and minerals - try berries as a low sugar option. Vegetables are essential and the more varied the better.
  • Try boiling or grilling vegetables
  • Avoid frying
  • If using canned or frozen veg - look for no salt added

General tips

A way to maximize flavour in food is to use spices and herbs- it not only adds flavour but is a handy way to cut down on salt.

Keep an eye on portion size and be mindful of whether you are still hungry while eating. Try to explore new options that fit your lifestyle.

Eating a healthy and balanced diet improves general wellbeing. It could also help with weight management and reduces the risk of long-term complications.

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