Sixteen Myths of a Diabetic Diet
The following post was contributed by a friend of mine. Here's the post:
The American Diabetic Association published a book called ‘Sixteen Myths of a Diabetic Diet’. The book is aimed at debunking many of the myths that diabetics believe when it comes to their diet.
What is the number one myth, according to this book?
“Those with diabetes cannot eat sugar.”
The book acknowledges that it is not healthy to become gluttonous with sweet foods, but also points out that limited amounts of sugar play healthy roles in an eating plan. For instance, it’s okay to have a dessert once in a while, but it’s not okay to have dessert every day, but then again, it’s not good for anyone to have dessert everyday – diabetic or not.
The book also points out another longstanding myth:
“Those with diabetes should eat different meals than those in their family that do not have diabetes.”
The book points out that diabetics can eat the same foods as other people in their families. The key is eating healthy. Cooking with olive oil is healthy and good for everyone. Eating nuts, seeds, whole grains and vegetables are also good for the whole family.
The book is available through the American Diabetes Association.
Now, here's my take on all of this, and this is just my own personal opinion, of course. Type II diabetics who are attempting to manage their glucose levels will find it extremely difficult to take all their meals with other individuals. Why? Because most people simply aren't concerned with keeping portion sizes within reason and eschewing things like bread, potatoes, and deserts, i.e. high glycemic value foods. And since type II people are like anyone else (subject to falling prey to temptation when temptation is placed before them), eating most meals with non-diabetics will present an untenable burden. And as far as sugar is concerned, I would hold with the position that it should be avoided at all cost.
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