Type 1 Diabetes Diet
Diet is very important in controlling blood glucose and even your body weight. For people with Type 1 diabetes, the amount of carbohydrates in the eaten food should be matched with the amount of insulin.
Diabetics should ensure the following as far as their diet is concerned:
- The meals should be evenly spread and regular throughout the day.
- They should consider taking high fiber carbohydrate foods such as cereals, fruits and vegetables.
- Foods lower in saturated fats are recommended.
It is much important for diabetics to match the food they eat to the one they burn on a daily basis.
- Saturated fats
In animals, these are found in foods such as milk, cheese, butter and fatty meat. Some vegetable fats such as those from coconut products and palm oil are saturated. Saturated fats raise the level of bad cholesterol in our bodies. Thus it is important for diabetics to limit foods saturated fats. To do this, remove chicken skin before you cook, avoid fatty meat or trim the fatty part, and limiting the above foods.
Fats are among all foods contains the most energy content. Eating much fats leads to weight gain, and this makes controlling of blood glucose level much difficult. Fat is good for health, but try to limit the amount you take.
Carbohydrates provides our bodies with much energy. They also provide minerals, fiber and vitamins. For diabetics, diets with low carbohydrates are not recommended.
Type 1 diabetes patients should eat foods rich in proteins, but these proteins should be low in fat, as this will reduce the amount of saturated fats in their bodies. Best proteins for these patients include chicken meat without skin, lean meat, not fried eggs and nuts without salt.
Patients with Type 1 diabetes can include sugars in their diet as a healthy eating habit. High energy foods such as soft drinks and sweets should not be eaten regularly.