Friday, February 3, 2012

What Is a Diabetic Food?

Now that the Paula Deen brouhaha is past us, what can we learn from it? To me, the positive outcome is the attention it’s brought to the role of diet in managing type 2 diabetes.

No amount of medication (even $500-a-month injections) can override careless eating. Yet, what you need to eat if you do have diabetes is not as restricted as many people think.

Sure, it’s probably best to forgo Paula’s famous bacon and egg burger that’s served inside two glazed donuts or her deep-fried mac n’ cheese, but a ‘diabetic diet’ (an outdated term no longer used) is not all that different from the basic tenets of healthy eating.

Now experts say people with diabetes should follow the same type of eating plan as the rest of us, with an emphasis on fiber-filled whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean protein, low-fat dairy, and ‘good’ fats.

Even so, there’s been an onslaught of sugar-free, diabetes-friendly foods showing up in supermarkets, and some experts believe the growing popularity of ‘diabetic foods’ simply perpetuates a myth.

Head over to WebMD and continue reading

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