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The perfect diabetes nutrition plan aims at providing a mixture of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins at each meal at an appropriate calorie level. But its noble twin objectives of providing essential nutrients as well as creating an even release of glucose into the blood from meal to meal and from day to day may not really satisfy the pleasures of a dining table.

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What is a proper diabetic diet?

Was just surfing the net the other day and found this article on a website called LifeMojo that was speaking about Diabetic diet.
It said the following:
# Use a judicious mix of poly-unsaturated oils like safflower/corn and mono-unsaturated oils like olive oil/rice bran oil while cooking.
# A lot of herbs help to improve the insulin response like karela (bitter melon) (karela juice can be consumed as it has plant insulin), methi seed sprouts, neem, jamun fruit etc. All these are also available as a dried powder which can be taken twice a day.
# Garlic is like a boon for diabetics. Besides being useful in decreasing cholesterol it also lowers blood sugar. It is also rich in potassium so it replaces the potassium lost in the urine of diabetics. It also has zinc, sulphur and manganese which is also beneficial in diabetics.
# A high fiber diet is the cornerstone of treatment of most diseases and specially insulin related disorders. An interesting finding is that during the world war when all British nationals were eating whole wheat flour, the incidence of diabetes fell by 50%! One can eat whole wheat porridge, whole wheat bread and oats as it contains soluble fiber which is very good for diabetes, cholesterol and obesity. Whole-grains are also rich in chromium which is mostly deficient in diabetics.
# Soya bean is excellent for polycystic ovary and diabetics due to lecithins and can be eaten as a mixed atta (soya atta), tofu, tempeh, miso soup, nuggets, granules etc.

Wanted to know how advisable a diet like this is to DIabetes

Posted on : Sunday, January 24, 2010 11:33 PM
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The Diabetes Food Pyramid divides food into six groups:
•Grains and Starches
•Milk and Dairy
•Meat and Meat Substitutes
•Fats, Sweets, and Alcohol
These groups or sections on the pyramid vary in size.The largest group—grains, beans, and starchy vegetables—is on the bottom. This means that you should eat more servings of grains, beans, and starchy vegetables than of any of the other foods.

The smallest group—fats, sweets, and alcohol—is at the top of the pyramid. This tells you to eat very few servings from these food groups.

The Diabetes Pyramid gives a range of servings. If you follow the minimum number of servings in each group, you would eat about 1600 calories and if you eat at the upper end of the range, it would be about 2800 calories. Most women, would eat at the lower end of the range and many men would eat in the middle to high end of the range if they are very active.

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Replied on Monday, January 25, 2010 5:01 AM
there is no special diet for diabetics-u can eat every thing that other family members r eating/only u have to b calory concious-reduce amount of fats,take frequent short(4to6)meals.do regular exercise.
Replied on Monday, January 25, 2010 12:08 PM

Yes, the article which you found good is true also. But results of remedies like taking bittergord juice or fenugreek seeds are individualized. They should be taken at the right time and correct amount. A diabetic diet is no different than a balanced diet. I recommend my patients to have at least 2 medium bowls of salad vegetables and 1/2 serving of low GI fruits in a day to improve the fiber content of the diet. One should go in for whole products rather than refined and simple carbohydrates(sugars). Diabetics need to keep a watch on their dietary fat consumption too.
If you have any more questions you can contact me for a proper diet plan.

Registered dietitian
Replied on Tuesday, June 22, 2010 12:53 PM
Would U ppls suggest me diet plan for a person having sugar level 110 fasting and 167 after breakfast(pp)?
Replied on Thursday, July 29, 2010 7:52 AM
Thanks for knowing that garlic and soya is a good diet for diabates. Pls let us know more on this small small items which can help to control diabatic
Replied on Thursday, July 29, 2010 7:50 AM
this diet plan is ok,u have to b calory concious-use about 20% as cal from fats,do regular exercise-it will help reduce blood sugar.
Replied on Friday, July 30, 2010 12:57 PM

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