If you’re Diabetic, it doesn’t mean you’ll have to live in deprivation. In this blog, we shall bust a few myths surrounding Diabetic Diets.
Myth 1: Anything that tastes sweet, is bad
No. You can give in to your sugar cravings (of course in moderation), once in a while. And if you’re in the habit of having something sweet every day, consider sourcing it from fruits.
So, what fruits are allowed in the Diabetic Diet?
Citrus fruits like Oranges and Mosambi (Sweet Lime), Apples and Watermelon would take care of your sweet tooth, while keeping a check on the blood sugar level. However, there are certain fruits which you should avoid, like Mangoes, Bananas and Chikoo (Mud Apples), since they have high sugar content. Consuming fruits in moderation is the key.
Myth 2: Your diet must not contain any form of carbs
Wrong. A well-balanced diet for a Diabetic must consist of good proteins, green leafy vegetables, salad, fruits, nuts and carbs (albeit low amounts).
Myth 3: Keto Diets can be blindly followed if you’re Diabetic
You must have heard of high-protein diet recommendations from the know-it-alls. But the fact is you should not self-diagnose and must always consult your physician/nutritionist before starting anything. In fact, certain studies have shown that eating too much protein (animal protein especially), might cause resistance to Insulin.
Myth 4: Occasional munchings can be harmful
That’s not right. High Blood Sugar patients can snack on peanuts and dry fruits like walnuts, almonds, and cashews. But yes, moderation is always the key.
Myth 5: A Diabetic should give the Bread a miss
It’s a common notion that any kind of bread can add to the blood sugar level. That’s most definitely incorrect. You can consume whole wheat atta bread. However, do avoid white bread and caramelized brown bread.
Tip: How to make multigrain atta for the Diabetic Diet?
- Mix equal proportions of Wheat and Besan
- Mix equal portions of Wheat, Besan, Ragi, & Jowar
*Compiled inputs from Dr Anand Dwivedi