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Putting an end to these diabetes diet myths


Medically reviewed by Dr. Muhammad Ashraf Shera.

Did you just get diagnosed with diabetes and immediately felt like your life has fallen apart? Is it because you are thinking of all the sugar cravings that you never let go of, or because of all the unsolicited advices you are getting about how to control your ‘sugar’.

While some of them may be of help to you, many of them are most likely myths. So, if you are planning on going on a diabetes diet, read this article to differentiate between facts and myths.

 Sugar-free is the new MVP!

If you were told that switching from cereal to sugar free cereal and coke to diet coke can solve your diabetes issue, well then my friend you have been played by the corporate! All these foods that claim to be ‘sugar-free’ are just blah. Many times, instead of sucrose they contain other kinds of carbs that are equally harmful.

So, if you are looking for diabetes friendly processed foods, first check if these foods contain sorbitol, mannitol and xylitol as these are artificial sweeteners and will only end up messing up with your digestion. In general, it’s best to limit your diet to fruits, vegetables, poultry, fish, and low fat dairy products.

Say good-bye forever to all your fav desserts

While the so-called diabetes dieticians in our surroundings are rooting on all the sugar free synthetic foods, they will become a stop sign every time you want to eat a chocolate cake. I am not saying you end every meal with something sweet, but ordering your favorite dessert once in a while isn’t such a bad idea. It’s okay to have cravings and it’s more than okay to have them satisfied as well. Just don’t go overboard okay!

Don’t potato it

While potatoes are filled with carbs, there is no harm in taking them in moderation. Baked potatoes are actually healthy for you, and sweet potatoes are even better as they contain nutrients like beta-carotene.

But, even if you are taking boiled/fried/mashed potatoes, the serving shouldn’t be more than the size of your fist. Choose who grains like brown rice and whole wheat rotis and make sure your portions are in control.

Proteins should be your best friend

While protein rich diets are amazing, your body needs carbs to produce energy. Not only that, all the protein rich meat that you’re taking also contains saturated fat which is a disaster for your heart. Therefore, taking everything in moderation is the key!

Medicines will eventually cover everything up

Now if you are one of those who inhale on whatever they crave for and think their insulin shots or diabetes medicines will help them get their blood sugar levels in control, STOP!

Take your medicines as directed; do not increase their dose to cover up for the increased sugar intake and walk! Walking will make everything better, trust me.

In conclusion

Diabetes may sound like you have officially aged and the end of your world is on its way. While it only happened because you were a lousy couch potato for half your life, there is still a way out! Say goodbye to processed foods and become besties with fruits and vegetables. While still allowed to eat your fav foods, eat them in moderation. And most importantly, take that morning walk!

Until then, don’t sugar coat it!



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