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Can Diabetics Eat Beets?

can diabetics eat beets

Here we are again answering another misconception about diabetics and what they can or cannot eat. the reality of it is this, diabetics can eat anything as long as it is in moderation. You need to monitor your carbs and sugar loads when eating many foods, yet that doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy food like everyone else. So can diabetics eat beets?

One word – Superfood… That’s right, beets are considered a superfood, due to their high content of vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants. Beets are a vegetable that is completely edible from the greens to the roots. A world of benefits come from including beets in your meal plan, that have long-term effects on your overall health that make them a great option for diabetics. We are going to look at all they offer. Let’s jump in and dissect this “superfood” and all the health benefits they bring to the plate.

Beets Benefits & Side Effects

First, beets are a plant that is wholly used. The roots are not only edible, but they are also often used in medicine too. Some studies have shown that beets reduced inflammatory markers responsible for Alzheimer’s disease, as well as possibly a lower risk of heart disease, and diabetes. In studies done with animals, it was shown to reduce cholesterol and triglycerides. Beetroot juice has been suggested to reduce muscle soreness in athletes after performing.

Beet has a long list of benefits when you start digging into it. With that being said, a lot of the benefits that are listed, are often alleged, or not scientifically backed. However, that does not mean they are not true, it just means there have not been enough studies done to confirm nor deny the benefits. What are some of the side effects of beets?

The only “real” side effect of beets that I could find while researching this amazing powerhouse was that it will turn your urine pink. I was able to find warnings about beet for pregnant women and-or mothers who are breastfeeding. These stated that using beet in larger medicinal amounts during pregnancy or breastfeeding has not been proven safe. Stick to food amounts. It was also noted that eating too many beets may irritate or worsen kidney disease. But how nutritional are beets?

Beet Nutrition Facts

Beets mainly consist of three different things; water, which makes up 87%, carbohydrates which are 8%, and fiber which is between 2-3%. The full nutritional value of a 3/4 cup serving or 100g of raw beet looks like this: Calories 43, Protein 1.6g, Fat 0.2g, Water 88%, Carbs 9.6g, Sugar is 6.8g, and they have 2.8g of fiber. Cooked or raw beets are pretty consistent when it comes to carbs, offering up between 8-10%.

Beets contain mostly simple sugars like glucose and fructose. These simple sugars make up 70-80% of carbs in both raw and cooked beets. One you should note though, is the fact that beets contain a little something called fructans. These are short-chained carbs that get classified as FODMAPs, which are resistant to digestion. For those of you with IBS or other digestive concerns, you may want to avoid beet altogether.

Beetroots also come loaded with many essential vitamins and minerals. You can expect to receive a healthy dose of Folate, which is vital for normal tissue growth and cell function. Beetroot also contains iron, manganese, potassium, and vitamin ‘C’. All of these are important for the daily operations within your body. Beetroots also contain several beneficial plant-based compounds that assist with the day-to-day of the body. I know what you are wondering – How does all this affect where it lands on the GI?

What Is The Glycemic Index For Beets?

glycemic index for beets

With all this detail about the health benefits of beets, you are thinking it is a great addition to your diet. Before you run out to your local grocer and stock up though, you need to know where it lands on the GI scale. Beetroots score 61 on the GI, which is considered medium. With that being said, the glycemic load of beetroot lands incredibly low at 5. Which begs the question, what is the difference between glycemic index and glycemic load?

The glycemic index is the scale used for rating carbohydrates. It ranks food based on how it raises blood sugar levels. The scale is rated from 0-100, with zero being the lowest effect that foods will have on blood sugar levels, (pure glucose is rated at 100). With beets landing at 65 they are relatively high on the scale. However, the glycemic load looks at the actual amount of carbohydrates in a particular food instead of relying solely on the GI.

What does this mean when it comes to eating beets as a diabetic though? Although beets have a GI rating of 65, they actually only have a Glycemic Load of 5 which is exceptionally low. Even though the GI is moderately high, due to the low glycemic load, beets may be an acceptable option for someone on a diet meant to maintain lower blood glucose levels.

Beets – Yay or Nay?

Beets provide a great source of nutrients, fiber, minerals, and several plant compounds. They are called a superfood due to their long list of benefits. These benefits include things like improved heart health and enhanced exercise capacity. These both are attributed to their inorganic nitrate content. Their sweet and delicious taste also makes them a hit for salads.

Despite the high rating on the glycemic index, they have a surprisingly low glycemic load rated at 5. This low rating on the glycemic load makes them a great option to add to your diet. Despite the high rating on the Gi, which tells you they will spike your blood sugar levels rapidly, it would take eight cups to have such an impact. Far more than you would eat in one sitting.

Say “yay” to beets and go enjoy the many health benefits they offer up to you.

 

Can Diabetics Eat Butter?

can diabetics eat butter

Mmmmm, there is nothing like cooking up some delicious popcorn and smothering in freshly melted warm butter. If you are a diabetic, I am sorry if I upset you with that statement, but do you really need to avoid butter if you are a diabetic? I know that you may have been told to outright avoid a lot of foods as a diabetic, but how exact is that information? So can diabetics eat butter?

Today you will find out. We are going to take a look at a bunch of different information and give you the best answers that we can dig up. We are going to look at all the nutritional information and compare some different options. Although margarine is a much more family-friendly affordable choice, there still remains doubt that it is healthier than some good old butter. Shall we get into it then.

Butter vs. Margarine

butter vs margarine

When it comes to this great debate, you almost would think the fate of the world rested on the outcome. People are extremely passionate about their choice when it comes to this discussion. One thing I think we can all agree on though is the taste of butter compared to margarine. I mean who doesn’t love a smattering of butter on a nice piece of fresh from the oven bread? However, what are the differences between the two as far as diabetics are concerned?

Let’s look at butter first. Butter is made from a process that involves churning cream, which also means that it comes from animals, which if you are a vegan, it’s off the list right away. Butter contains cholesterol and saturated fat but contains zero trans fat. Trans fat is an unhealthy fat that occurs when oils are partially hydrogenated. It also contains vitamins ‘A’, ‘D’, ‘E’ and ‘K’, plus it is a great choice for baking.

Margarine is made by adding hydrogen to vegetable oil. Although margarine contains less saturated fat than butter and no cholesterol, some brands do contain trans fat. Until recently, margarine was touted as the healthier choice due to its lack of cholesterol, although recently those opinions have been shifting because of margarine’s trans fat content which affects cholesterol levels. There is no real clear-cut winner in this great debate. It really comes down to preference. What about things like nut butter though? Maybe another time…

Nutritional Value of Butter

nutritional value of butter

Butter contains virtually no carbohydrates having less than 0.01g of actual carbs. This low quantity makes it extremely hard to classify on the glycemic index. The amount of butter you would have to actually consume in order to give it a rating is next to impossible to do. The means that butter is probably very close to zero on the glycemic index, (GI), if it is listed on the scale at all. Even though it has an incredibly low rating, and may help balance out a high GI meal, it does contain a high variety of saturated fatty acids. Which, we know are not good when consumed in vast quantities.

So, with that being said, what is the nutritional value of a tablespoon of butter? Fourteen grams or one tablespoon contains the following: 102 Calories, 11.5g of fat, 11% of recommended daily intake of Vitamin ‘A’, Vitamin ‘E’ is 2%, 1% B12, and 1% Vitamin ‘K’. Yes, it is high in calories and fat, but it comes loaded with a lot of essential vitamins and nutrients as well. It also has trace amounts of other nutrients like riboflavin, niacin, phosphorus, and calcium.

Of the 11.5g of fat that is found in butter, 63% of that is saturated fat. Although there have been studies done that show saturated fat is not as bad as originally thought you should still be wary of how much you consume on any given day. Maintaining good heart health is essential to staying healthy for everyone, not just diabetics.

What Are the Benefits and Side Effects of Butter?

There are some studies that have shown links between high-fat dairy products such as butter and lower chances of obesity, diabetes, and heart problems. That being said it is important to remember that butter contains a high saturated fat quantity as well as a high carb count, which has caused scientists to debate the health effects of butter for years.

Butter may also be used in a low-carbohydrate diet, which is used to help people lose weight quicker than a low-fat diet. Butter is also rich in bone-building calcium, as well as, containing compounds that may be linked to lower chances of childhood obesity. It is also high in beta-carotene, which your body converts into Vitamin ‘A’.

With that being said, it is high in saturated fat which has been linked to heart disease. If this is something that you are concerned with you should use butter very sparingly. There are healthier alternatives to consider for your usage. Spreadable butters, which are a combination of butter and vegetable oils. Generally, these will have about half of the saturated fats found in butter. Buttery spreads are also a healthier alternative to both butter and margarine.

Final Thoughts on Butter

Although there is no clear evidence to point to one answer or another, one thing that is certain is that butter is loaded with fat, and calories. Now, what does that mean for you as a diabetic? Can you eat butter or not? I believe it should be used in moderation like most other foods when it comes to battling diabetes.

Here is the final conclusion for you. Butter comes with a smorgasbord of healthy benefits that include battling some types of cancer, as well as working to keep your eyes healthy, and your bones strong. So, use butter wisely and in moderation because it is a healthy option in my opinion. I would not recommend smothering your popcorn in it if you’re a diabetic or not. But in moderation, there is no reason why you cannot enjoy a bit of butter on your bread. Your body will thank you.

 

Can Diabetics Eat Cherries?

can diabetics eat cherries

The world offers a lot of delicious fruits and vegetables for you to enjoy. The great thing about them is they come au natural, meaning they have no added sugar or other junk in them. However, the problem is that like with anything there is a whole world of information in the world that is hard to decipher as correct or complete nonsense. Can you smash a bowlful of delicious cherries, or you were told to just have one or two, or were you told to avoid them altogether? So can diabetics eat cherries?

To help you better understand if diabetics can eat cherries keep reading and hopefully, you will find the answer that you seek. With that being said, if your doctor has specifically instructed you to avoid cherries, then you need to have a conversation with him or her about it after you arm yourself with correct knowledge.

I Can’t Eat Fruit if I Have Diabetes?

While preparing for this article I came across this question. At first, I was just going to carry on with my research, but then I got to thinking, “how many people have been told this, and just blindly accepted it?” I decided that this required a little bit of digging and attention because that just did not sound right to me. Often people with diabetes get told to avoid fruits because of the high sugar content. Yes, all fruits contain natural sugars but, they also contain a good mix of minerals, vitamins, and fiber.

Eating fruits, and vegetables have been associated with lowering the risks of several health conditions such as high blood pressure, heart diseases, strokes, obesity, and certain cancers. All of which are concerns for those living with diabetes. The thing is though, fruits and vegetables come loaded with things like, soluble, and insoluble fibers which promote good bowel and gut health.

There are so many ways to include cherries in a healthy diet, that is both delicious, and enjoyable while including fruits and vegetables in your daily plan. As with anything, talk with your doctor about safe blood sugar levels, and discuss serving suggestions as well. You can eat fruit as a diabetic – it should be considered almost necessary. Head on over to Diabetes.org.uk and read this great article that goes into great detail about diabetics and fruit.

Are Cherries Good For You?

Enjoying a piece of fruit, or a delightful fruit salad as a dessert is a great way to please that sweet tooth and get some extra nutrients too. They contain carbohydrates as well, which means that you have to include them in your meal plan. Fruit has naturally occurring sugars, this includes cherries. If you cannot access fresh cherries and are buying canned fruit/cherries make sure words like “packed in its own juices”, “unsweetened” or “no sugar added” appear on the label.

The other you must be aware of is the variety of cherries you are consuming. Due to the way they are prepared, the have varying amounts of sugar contained within. For example, a snack of just 5 maraschino cherries is going to smack you with 11g of carbohydrates which equates to 2.5 teaspoons of sugar! A cup of canned cherries, with heavy syrup, is going to be 60g of carbs equaling about 15 teaspoons of sugar. You see how they can differ greatly depending on how they are prepared for consumption.

Cherries can be a healthy snack choice as with any fruit. The main point though is to closely watch the carbohydrates they are going to give you. That will depend on how many, and how often you can eat, based on the type you are eating. So, are cherries healthy for you? Yes, they can be if consumed properly and not loaded with sugar.

What Kind of Cherries Are Better For Diabetics?

what kind of cherries are better for diabetics

Fresh Sour Cherries sit relatively low on the GI scale coming in at 22. With this being said, this number will differ depending on the type of cherries you eat. The more processed they are, the more carbohydrates and sugars they are likely to contain. So, which variety of cherries are best for you as a diabetic? One cup of sweet cherries has about 25g of carbs which equates to 6 teaspoons of sugar, while one cup of sour cherries has 19g of carbs which is the same as 5 teaspoons of sugar.

Then you have dried cherries and frozen cherries. These are alternatives that allow you to still enjoy this fruit when they are out of season. But make sure you are reading labels and select frozen cherries that have no added sugars. Two types of cherries that you should definitely avoid are canned cherries and glace, or candied cherries.

Canned cherries often contain added sugar that could cause spikes in your blood sugar levels. Candied cherries are heavily processed, which means they are going to contain a lot of added sugar that you do not need. The best kind of cherries for diabetics is going to be the fresh sour cherries, with fresh sweet cherries coming in second. Dried cherries being the better choice when out of season.

Final Thought – Can Diabetics Eat Cherries?

Cherries can be a great part of your diet. They provide you with Vitamin C, Potassium, Fiber, as well as antioxidants. Naturally, you want to make sure you pay attention to portion sizes, so you keep your levels in an acceptable range. Fruits, in general, should be considered essential for diabetics due to their health benefits that as a diabetic are important.

Absolutely as a diabetic, you can eat cherries! You should question anyone that tells you to avoid fruits as a diabetic. The evidence is there to support the health benefits, and the necessity of them being part of a healthy diet plan. As always though, you need to track your levels, as well as your consumption of cherries, and other fruits too. They do pack natural sugars and carbohydrates and most often are better consumed fresh.

 

Can Diabetics Eat Chili?

can diabetics eat chili

A nice, delicious bowl of chili on a cool day warms the soul. Making it yourself and letting it simmer all day, makes a home smell wonderful. I can almost smell it now. There are so many varieties and recipes out there to choose from, it is hard to imagine that you would not be able to find one you enjoy. Chili has been referred to as the ultimate comfort food by many and has also caused a few bathroom arguments, I am sure. So can diabetics eat chili?

With all this being said, the real debate here today is whether as a diabetic, you can enjoy a nice warm bowl of the ultimate comfort food. How does chili affect you as a diabetic, and your blood sugar levels? Is it going to send them through the roof, or is it going to be, okay? Let us stir the pot.

How Does Chili Affect Diabetics?

how does chilli affect diabetics

The first thing we need to look at is the effect that chili may or may not have on one’s blood sugar levels. All chili has some form of chili pepper in the recipe. Partly due to the vast quantity of chilies that exist. They range from a simple jalapeño to the ever-so-popular chipotle. This is also due to the fact that they are used in things commonly used in chili like; cayenne pepper, chili powder, or even the actual chilies themselves. However, how does all that spicy affect your blood sugar levels as a diabetic?

Chili peppers are low in cholesterol, low in saturated fats, low in sodium and sugar. They contain zero trans fats which is good for everyone. Throughout time people have used chilies for several things from food to medicine. To help you better understand chilies check out this Infographic. It gives you all the information about chilies and how good they are.

The active ingredient that is found in all chili peppers is called capsaicin which is a naturally occurring chemical in the peppers that gives it that bite. There was a study that was done in2006, that revealed the subjects who had consumed a diet that was rich in meals containing cayenne powder had lower blood glucose levels. Researchers have concluded, that eating meals that were made with cayenne powder regularly, may improve the sensitivity of tissues to insulin. This means that less insulin would be required to effectively get the glucose from the blood and distribute it through the tissues in the body. Does this mean that chili could lower blood sugar?

Can Eating Chili Actually Lower Blood Sugar?

Now here is the issue with trying to provide a legitimate answer to this question. Although there is a lot of studies on the effects of spicy foods on glucose levels, and insulin production, there is not a lot of support financially for these studies. What I mean by that is this – the studies are based around natural medicine ideas rather than “big pharma” cures and preventive measures.

However, do not ignore the studies that are being done, just remember that they are limited on how far they can go. Does the spicy food actually reduce blood sugar levels as well benefit diabetics though? Though there are several studies to understand if spicy food can actually benefit diabetics or those with gestational issues, how much could you actually eat before your tongue burns out of your mouth?

If you go with extra lean ground beef when making your favorite batch of chili, and go light on the salt, chili will benefit you in many ways.

What Is The Glycemic Load Of Chili?

The Glycemic load of chili is hard to define. Partly due to the multiple varieties of chili that are out there. With that being said, one ingredient that you must make sure you include in your chili recipe is beans. The reason for this is the American Diabetes Association classifies beans as a diabetes superfood. A 1/3 cup of red beans added to your chili is going to provide you with 73 calories, 5g of protein, 13g of carbs, and 5g of fiber.

Even though it is hard to define the glycemic load of chili, the more beans and vegetables you add into your pot, the more beneficial it will be for you. Naturally, you want to be careful when adding all your spices, you do not want to overload on salt. Chili is a combination of different foods, that blend for a delicious dance party within your body.

Sure, you can check each food individually, and try to figure it out on your own, but who really wants to try and do that? Nowadays, most recipes you find will provide you with the nutritional information for that specific recipe. You can use this information to help you keep an eye on your carb load and calorie intake. With that being said, chili peppers land at 45 on the GI which is considered low on the scale.

Final Thoughts About Diabetics and Chili

The benefits of eating chili are part of a large debate that has many varying opinions. Does that mean that as a diabetic you should not include chili as part of your diet? Absolutely not – there is not enough actual evidence out there that justifies the argument either way. There benefits to eating chilies, as well as many of the ingredients that people use in the multitude of the different recipes that are out there.

One thing that is certain though, is that as a diabetic you certainly can enjoy a soul-hugging bowl of chili. Of course, you want to moderate your consumption of chili so you can monitor the effects it may or may not have on your glucose levels. Grab that stock-pot, clear the counter, grab the veggies and whip up a big ole batch of chili and enjoy!

 

Can Diabetics Eat Chinese Food?

can diabetics eat chinese food

Chinese cuisine is one of the most famous in the world that captivates with its exoticism and there is almost no place in the country where there is not at least one restaurant that offers Chinese food. This cuisine is known for the use of white rice in combination with various other ingredients and sauces that make this food very specific. So can diabetics eat chinese food?

Sometimes all of a sudden we have a desire to eat a certain food, we go, and we buy that food. But the situation is a little different when it comes to diabetics. They must manage their food according to their diet and the allowed calories and nutritional values that should be taken during the day to avoid a sudden rise in blood sugar. So, it is logical to ask the question can diabetics eat Chinese food? Keep reading this text and you will finally solve your dilemma.

A Definite Answer to the Question of Can Diabetics Eat Chinese Food

Chinese Food for Diabetics- Yes, or No?

It is difficult to find an environment with Chinese food and when it comes to it then there are two options. The first option is sure to raise your blood sugar, and the second option is that you can eat Chinese food that will lower your blood sugar and be a great source of lean protein. The main culprit in the first option is white rice, which is part of almost every traditional Chinese dish. The same goes for fried rice, fried chicken, or fried fish, and shrimp. The second option contains ingredients that have low sugar values ​​and that reduce blood sugar levels. Such are skinless chicken, shrimp, tofu, or fish, which come in combination with vegetables, and sauces such as oyster sauce and wine sauce. The main Chinese delicacies that can be found on the menu of diabetics are clear soup, egg drop, with stir-fried vegetables and tofu or chicken, further stir-fry with chicken and vegetables, fish in black bean sauce with vegetables, or teriyaki salmon, seaweed salad, and vegetables.

Can Diabetics Eat Chow Mein- Question Answered

The literal translation of Chow Mein is actually stir-fried noodles. This dish is made with vegetables, meat, or tofu. This is one of the most famous dishes of Chinese cuisine that is found in every Chinese restaurant in the world and its main ingredients are noodles, soy sauce, and vegetables, and also its variations include the addition of chicken, pork, beef, shrimp, or tofu. This recipe sounds very tempting so it makes sense to ask the question can diabetics eat chow mein? The answer to this question is yes, but you should be careful about the amount that the diabetic consumes. The average portion of this dish should be in accordance with the daily limit of calorie intake and other nutritional values on which the blood sugar level depends. However, despite the permission to consume this dish infrequently, it is best to avoid it altogether because noodles are usually made entirely of rice which can immediately affect blood sugar levels and contribute to its sharp rise.

What Chinese Food is Low in Sugar and Diabetic Friendly?

what chinese food is low in sugar

As we said, one-half of Chinese cuisine has a bad effect on the health of the diabetic, and the other half can be consumed, so the question arises what Chinese food is low in sugar and diabetics can eat? At the top of this list are steamed dumplings made from meat and vegetables, most commonly pork and cabbage. In second place is the hot and sour soup made with bamboo shoots, eggs, and ginger in chicken broth, vinegar, and spices. This is followed by a dish called moo goo gai pan which is actually a stir-fry dish made from chicken and vegetables such as mushrooms, broccoli, carrots, and water chestnuts. Also, a great idea for Chinese food is baked salmon which has a high level of protein, omega 3, and no carbohydrates at all. The average portion of salmon contains 156 calories, 21 grams of protein, and 7 grams of fat.

Can Diabetics Eat Beef and Broccoli- Yes, or no?

One of the main specialties is what is called beef and broccoli, so the question arises can diabetics eat beef and broccoli? This dish is stir-fried and is made from beef and broccoli tossed in a light sauce. This specialty is allowed to be eaten by diabetics because it has a low level of carbohydrates and a high level of protein. The disadvantage of this dish when it comes to diabetics is that it is usually made with fatty cuts of beef, but to reduce fat you can always ask to get steamed instead of stir-fried broccoli. A very similar dish to this is chicken and broccoli which is prepared on the same principle but is a leaner option. To make it even more permissible for diabetics to consume this specialty, you can ask to have the dish steamed.

The main question we asked as the topic of this text is can diabetics eat Chinese food, and the answer we got has two possible options. One part of the food in this kitchen is hotter for consumption when it comes to diabetics, and the other part of the food can help a lot in regulating blood sugar. What diabetics should avoid the most is eating white rice which is part of almost every specialty of Chinese cuisine, and also avoiding fried rice which very easily contributes to a sharp rise in blood sugar. It is recommended to always eat foods that have a low carbohydrate index, high protein index, and in combination with vegetables or sauces that reduce blood sugar levels. What every diabetic should remember is that no matter how good the Chinese food you eat is, it can still hurt you if you overdo it.

Can Diabetics Eat Corn?

can diabetics eat corn

Corn is probably the most misunderstood vegetable out there. Seriously, how do you take something seriously that does not even digest? Besides providing some general knowledge on the little yellow kernels, I am also going to provide the answer to a burning question here. We are going to take a look at the nutritional value, the glycemic index, as well as the benefits of corn. So can diabetics eat corn?

Which will all come together for this article. So, let’s jump in and begin to understand the complexities of corn. Also, let’s find the answer to the question that brought you here… “Can Diabetics Eat Corn?” Contrary to popular belief, corn is a great source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Being low in sodium and fat, as well as being a great source of energy, are also some of corn’s claims to fame in the world of delicious vegetables.

Is Corn High in Sugar?

is corn high in sugar

As a diabetic, this is one of the most important things to ask yourself when consuming foods. I think that is why we need to start with that question, so we can better answer the bigger question. Like its cereal grain counterparts, corn’s composition is mostly made up of carbs. The top dog of said carbs is starch. This hearty carb makes up anywhere from 28-80% of corns’ dry weight.

As for the sugar content of corn, that comes in at an exceptionally low 1-2% of sugars. Sugar corn, or sweet corn, as you may better know it, has a lower amount of starch, but the sugar content weighs in at approximately 18% of its dry weight. With most of that sugar being sucralose. Although sweet corn has a high amount of sugar, it is actually not considered a high glycemic food. Corn falls somewhere between low and medium on the GI, (glycemic index). The GI of corn comes in at 52, with a medium ear of corn landing at 15 on the index.

Corn has caused a lot of debate in the food and agricultural industry due to its widespread use. There have been many debates about whether corn is a healthful food or not. Corn does actually have a real nutritional value.

What Is The Nutritional Value Of Corn?

To better understand the food as a whole, we need to look at the nutritional value of corn. A serving of 100 grams, (3 ounces), of boiled corn, looks like this:

  • Calories: 96
  • Protein: 3.4g
  • Fat: 1.5g
  • Water: 73%
  • Sugar: 4.5g
  • Carbs: 21
  • Fiber: 2.14

Naturally, the nutritional values will vary depending on the variety of corn you consume. It will also vary depending on how you consume it as well. A cob of corn will have a different nutritional value compared to a serving of boiled corn from a bag.

When compared to other fruits and vegetables, however, corn is lacking in the vitamins and minerals department. For example, a fresh ear of corn that comes in at 90g has only 4% of the daily recommended intake of Vitamin ‘A’, as well as only 6% Vitamin ‘C’, 2% Iron, and 0% for good old Calcium. The types and quantities of minerals and vitamins will vary depending on the type of corn you eat, as well as how it is prepared.

Popcorn will deliver different minerals compared to corn on the cob. Since popcorn is served up as a whole grain kernel rather than a grain that is boiled and served up at a BBQ.

Is Corn Good For Weight Loss?

is corn good for weight loss

What does all this information mean though, when it comes to looking at the health benefits of corn, and where does it fall into the whole weight loss discussion? Corn is actually great at helping with digestion, due to its high fiber content. Corn has been referred to by some, as a good probiotic, therefore aiding in digestion, gut health, and metabolism. Like all vegetables, corn has its place in your diet. Yet, to specifically say that corn is great for a weight loss plan is not an easy question to answer.

Many debates and articles out there contradict each other on this topic. It all depends on the viewpoint of the individual who wrote that particular piece. If you go looking for that topic, with your mind already made up, then you are most likely to only read the articles that read as you want.

While researching this particular question, I found information that agreed with the statement, as well as just as many that dismissed the topic as lacking evidence. One piece I read mentioned the Paleo diet and the Keto Diet, as topics of study for excluding corn from your diet. Truthfully, you need to go and conduct your own research on this topic.

You will find a world of different opinions out there on this topic. That is not the point of this article though. We are here to offer some information and figure out if corn is something diabetics can eat. This article is to help you understand the food known as corn, a little better as a diabetic.

After conducting a bunch of research on this topic I have learned that corn actually does have nutritional value, as well as is good to have as part of a balanced diet. But the question I started with was, “Can Diabetics Eat Corn?”

Corn is not a food that you could consider harmful to consume as a diabetic. While it may come with many nutritional benefits, it does not appear to be rich in any nutrient and comes with less fiber than most complex carb-rich foods.

As a diabetic, the simple answer is yes, you can eat corn. Yet, your dietary restrictions may have an influence on how much corn you can eat, or if at all. If you are on a diet that is meant to reduce carbohydrates, then corn may not be a great choice for you. If you are not restricted, enjoy a cob or two.

 

Can Diabetics Eat Cornbread?

can diabetics eat cornbread

Cornbread is a delicious southern treat that is made with cornmeal, as well as fresh and or frozen corn. This naturally means that it is food that is high in carbohydrates, which in turn means it may cause a sudden spike in blood sugar levels. With that information, you may be inclined to automatically think the answer is no. But let me ask you this – do you eat corn on the cob or corn as a vegetable with your meal? Then why instantly assume the answer is no? So can diabetics eat cornbread?

Cornbread is a high-carb food simply based on its ingredients, that does not mean that you can or cannot enjoy this southern delight. What it does mean though, is that you better do some research to better understand cornbread and how it may fit into your diet. To better understand, let us look at the glycemic index of cornmeal.

What Is The Glycemic Index of Cornmeal?

Cornmeal is the main ingredient in cornbread. To better understand the overall effect of cornbread it good to understand the main ingredient a little better. With that being said, where does cornmeal fall on the GI scale? A serving of cornmeal that is 100g has 362 calories, 3.5g fat, 76.9g of carbohydrates, 8.12g of protein, 7.3g of fiber, and 0.64g of naturally occurring sugars.

Most of the carbs come from the high starch content in cornmeal. Yet, the 76.9g of fiber is greatly going to help with digestion. All these combined puts cornmeal at the medium range on the GI scale, but just barely. The GI of cornmeal lands between 68-69 depending on the preparation method. If you prepare it with water, the GI is 68. The high range on the scale begins at 70. Does this mean that cornmeal is bad for diabetics?

There is no specific rating for cornbread on the GI scale to define how bad it may or may not be for you as a diabetic. Although as a diabetic you are aware of the different resources available to you for calculating this number. One such resource can be found at Omni Calculator which is a website that has a variety of different calculators you can use for your health needs.

Is Cornmeal Bad For Diabetics?

is cornmeal bad for diabetics

The Gi index is considered a little high for diabetics. I mean if you were to eat up a serving of cornmeal by itself, there would be a rapid increase of blood sugar levels. Naturally, you would want to balance it out with a well-rounded meal. Corn on its own has wealth of healthy benefits that are great for your body. Not only is corn low in fat and sodium, but it is also a great source of minerals, vitamins, and fiber.

Cornmeal comes in three different varieties: yellow, white, and blue, with yellow claiming the most popular prize. You can also choose between fine, coarse, and regular grinds when selecting cornmeal. The other thing to consider is the process in which is prepared. You can choose between stone-ground or de-germinated. Stone-ground is a healthier less processed variety and therefore has more nutrients, and a richer taste compared to de-germinated varieties.

Basically, cornmeal is not necessarily bad for you as a diabetic. It can be fit into any meal in moderation like most foods. The simple answer is yes, diabetics can eat cornmeal, so does that mean as a diabetic you can eat cornbread? Again, the simple answer is yes, however, does it mean that it is a healthier bread option for you? You really have to look into the options that are out there for you to choose from when it comes to considering.

Is Cornbread Better For You?

There is no real simple answer to this question. The American Diabetes Association recommends selecting breads that are whole grain, or 100% whole wheat instead of white bread. Although white bread commonly used, and certainly the more popular choice, it is made with highly processed white flour and added sugar. Cornbread made with stone-milled cornmeal would certainly be a better choice than white bread, but you still must consider the blood sugar spikes you may encounter if you’re not monitoring your carb intake.

The information available does not confirm nor deny if cornbread is better for you. I am sure that if you dug around enough, you would probably find some supporting evidence to either opinion. If you enjoy cornbread, one thing you may want to consider, is breaking up with any type of ready-to-bake cornbread muffin and bread mix. These types of “ready-to-bake products usually contain a lot of highly processed, low nutrient, sugar-heavy junk.

There may be no specific answer to this question, you should consider sourcing some healthier homemade recipes for your enjoyment. This will allow you to have better control of the ingredients, which in turn will allow you to better control the risk of sugar spikes. You can find a lot of wonderfully delicious choices out there for you to select from. One internet search revealed over 30 different options of homemade cornbread recipes to choose from.

Can Diabetics Eat Cornbread? – Conclusion

Diabetes is often a misunderstood disease that people overcomplicate all the time. They feel that they must restrict everything and stop enjoying most foods they probably love. This tight restriction may be necessary depending on your particular health concerns, as per your physician. This does not mean that you have to stop eating foods that you love, it merely means that you must change the quantity, and or the quality of that particular food.

The topic is a little harder to define due to the complexity of cornbread, and the lack of available information out there for people. After a lot of digging, and note-taking, I can honestly say, that as long as you regulate your consumption, yes diabetics can eat cornbread. With a little homework, you can even find a variety of recipes for you to try that are both healthy for diabetics.

 

Can Diabetics Eat Cottage Cheese? – The Answer Will Surprise You 

can diabetics eat cottage cheese

After a long time, we decided to go out with my friend and have a nice dinner in a famous restaurant. That’s what we did. We arrived at the reserved place, the waiter came to serve us and I was a little surprised when my friend ordered cottage cheese. I was amazed because my friend is diabetic and immediately asked myself the question can diabetics eat cottage cheese?

I was not comfortable asking her in detail about this, so I picked up my cell phone and did a little research that helped me get the answer I wanted. I decided to share my knowledge with you, with all those who could ever ask this question, and with all the diabetics who may already be asking themselves this question. Keep reading this text because you are in the right place at the right time.

A Definite Answer to the Question of Can Diabetics Eat Cottage Cheese

Cottage Cheese- A Great Snack

To everyone’s surprise, cottage cheese is a great food that diabetics can consume and this type of cheese helps regulate blood sugar. This comes as a surprise because most people think that this type of cheese has the same composition as other dairy products and products of this caliber and that it should not be consumed constantly. What is interesting is the fact that cottage cheese has much fewer carbohydrates than milk and yogurt, and is rich in protein. This makes it the perfect food for people who are at risk of a sudden rise in blood sugar. This type of cheese is high in protein and low in carbohydrates, which means that there is no danger that this cheese will contribute to a sharp rise in blood sugar. One thing to keep in mind when buying cheese is to read its ingredients and not to buy cheese that has carbohydrate-containing additives. These additives are available in certain brands of cottage cheese and diabetics must be careful when choosing because these additives can cause sudden rises in blood sugar.

Cottage Cheese Helps Regulate the Rapid Rise in Blood Sugar

As we said, cottage cheese contains a large amount of protein that helps regulate the sudden rise in blood sugar that occurs when eating carbohydrates alone. When carbohydrates are consumed in combination with protein then the carbohydrates take longer to process and thus reduce the chances of a sudden rise in blood sugar. This type of cheese is also recommended for diabetics because when this type of food is consumed, diabetics will feel full for a longer period of time and will not feel hungry. Interestingly, there are studies that have not yet been completed and tested in every country, but those studies say that consuming cottage cheese reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Depending on the country, and depending on the brand of cheese, scientists say that if you consume about 55 grams per day, then the risk of type 2 diabetes is reduced by 12%.

Cottage Cheese- With What to Combine It?

The glycemic index is a scale by which different foods are ranked according to how fast they affect blood sugar levels, and they are ranked on a scale of 1 to 100, 1 means that it has the slowest effect on blood sugar, and 100 means that it reacts the fastest. on the rise in blood sugar. For diabetics, it is recommended to consume foods that have a low glycemic index. The cottage cheese has a glycemic index of 10, which means that it affects blood sugar very slowly and that there is almost no risk of unwanted variations in it. Precisely because of the low glycemic index, diabetics are allowed to combine this cheese with foods that have a higher glycemic index. For diabetics, the recommended dishes in combination with cottage cheese are apple with cheese, whole grain bread pizza, fresh vegetables.

Recipe for Diabetics- Cottage Cheese Pancakes

Now that we have answered yes to the question can diabetics eat cottage cheese, I will share with you the delicacy that my friend ordered at the restaurant and that made me do this short research. We are talking about pancakes because at the end of the day who can resist this delicacy? This dish is low in carbohydrates and contains about 224 calories per serving. The recipe that I will share with you now is intended for one person. In just 10 minutes you have pancakes and all you need is 1/2 cup low-fat cottage cheese, 1/4 cup oats, 1/3 cup egg whites one teaspoon of vanilla extract, one teaspoon of stevia powder. Mix the cheese with the egg whites, then add the oats, vanilla extract, and a little stevia. When a consistent mixture is obtained, put it in a pan and make the pancakes. Garnish with fruit that is allowed for diabetics or jam that is sugar-free.

Can Diabetics Eat Cheese and Crackers- the Answer You Have Been Looking For

can diabetics eat cheese and crackers

Is it logical after so much talking to ask ourselves the question can diabetics eat cheese and crackers? The answer is yes, even though crackers have high levels of carbs, they are offset by the fiber they contain and the protein found in the cheese, so there is no sudden rise in blood sugar.

Conclusion

After this dilemma happened to me with my friend, I realized that many of us do not have knowledge about what diabetics can actually consume and what not. So it was logical for me to ask myself the question can diabetics eat cottage cheese. After my research, I came to the conclusion that not only diabetics can consume this type of cheese, but also it is recommended to be consumed because of its low glycemic index and because of the proteins it contains that help regulate blood sugar and in preventing sudden variations in its level. What is also crucial to remember is that although this cheese is recommended for consumption, it needs to be eaten within the recommended amounts because anything outside the normal range can lead to side effects despite its healthy nature.

Can diabetics eat hotdogs?

can diabetics eat hotdogs

In your diabetic journey, I know you have and stopped and wondered, “can diabetics eat hotdogs? Well, yes but in small quantities. Diabetics are advised to be moderate when it comes to eating food, because balance is the trick to avoid obesity and reduce insulin spikes. So can diabetics eat hotdogs?

Of Corse, a hotdog at certain occasion is acceptable. However, it is important to note that doctors have warned about the potential hotdogs have in causing type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

According to numerous studies carried all over America, people who ate a lot of processed foods such as bacon, hotdogs, deli meat increase their risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 50 %.

Eating a lot of processed meats is not ideal for a diabetic person, however, if one should choose to indulge in the delicacy, I will give you tips on how maintain your healthy lifestyle.

Do hotdogs raise blood sugar?

do hotdogs raise blood sugar

Shockingly, one hot dog a day which is about 50grams can increase your risk of getting diabetes by 50%. Diabetes is a disease affecting about 25% people in America. Diabetes and obesity go hand in hand, and over the century, both of these conditions have widened their spread.

Over the years doctors have conducted research to identify the specific dietary factors that are associated with diabetes. The factors that trigger diabetes include simple carbohydrates often found in soft drinks, white bread and fast foods. Red meat largely remains a topic on research when it comes to causing diabetes.

Many reports have associated processed foods with diabetes. Recently, a Harvard university study said that nitrites and nitrates used in preservation may be responsible for causing diabetes. According to the study, these nitrates and nitrites are digested into nitrosamines which pose a risk to the pancreas and have been proven to cause diabetes in animals.

Note that any person, slim, tall or fat can get diabetes, therefore, think twice before eating that hotdog and increasing your chances by 50%.

The final take is that Hotdogs raise blood sugar by releasing simple carbohydrates fast into the bloodstream.

How to make a hot dog healthy

A beef hotdog has about 150 calories, 13g of fat, 5g saturated fat, 450 mg sodium and 6g protein.

I understand that many people have an insatiable need for hot dogs, therefore I am obligated to give you tips on how to make your hotdog healthy.

When it comes to toppings, go for the least amount of toppings. The toppings range from tomatoes, pickles, pepper, mustard, and sauerkraut. Sauerkraut is generally accepted as a topping for a diabetic because of its gut-friendly principles.

However, when it comes to tomatoes, mustard, ketchup, and relish think twice before applying layers on layers on your hot dog. They tend to add a lot of sodium to your meal. But you can go around this by making sure you drink a lot of water before and after you take your meal.

Again, look for hotdogs made out of whole wheat to reduce their impact on your blood sugar.

One last tip is, skip the cheese! It adds a lot of calories and fats. Sorry to all the cheddar-lovers, you will have to forego the deliciousness that that yellow slice comes with. Stick with one serving, moderation is key.

Diabetic hotdogs recipe

diabetic hotdogs recipe

When you have questions, ask the experts! Chef Robert Lewis, who has been living with type 2 diabetes for 20 years now, gives insight into how to prepare hotdogs that are healthy for people struggling with diabetes.

I like his slogan, “take on diabetes one day at a time!” when he had his diagnosis, he says that all he heard was a long list of foods that he couldn’t take anymore. you may be feeling as if your days of eating the foods that you love are over. However, chef Lewis study the disease and came up with a variety of foods that he could still enjoy.

When it comes to hotdogs chef suggests selecting organic, grass-fed, or kosher all-beef wieners which are low in sodium. Your selection should have less than 200 calories, 5g alt content, and about 400g sodium.

I would advise you to cook your own hotdogs at home because ones at the store tend to have a lot of processed meat and uses cheap bread. Here is a diabetic hotdog recipe that is healthy, and low carb. It is important to use almond flour and gluten-free pork sausages.

  • Step 1: Beat 2 eggs and 2 extra egg whites into a bowl.
  • Step 2: Mix almond flour, butter, baking powder into a bowl and mix evenly until you get a fine dough.
  • Step 3: Divide the dough into several hot dog rolls and bake for approximately 35 minutes.
  • Step 4: Set aside to cool
  • Step 5: Place the sausages in a tray and bake for about 20 minutes depending on the cooking instructions on the packet.
  • Step 6: Stuff your hot dog rolls with sausages and toppings of your choice.

I hope you found your answers to the question, “can diabetics eat hotdogs?” It is not a straight yes or no question. Doctors advise you have to avoid processed meats in your diet, so yikes! If you have to eat them one is enough.

The hot dog game has clearly undergone major improvements. With the keto diabetic recipe, you can make your own homemade hotdogs. Use almond flour to make the buns a bit heavy on the stomach.

The main takeaways include;

    • Use whole wheat buns for your hotdogs
    • Use the least amount of toppings
    • Avoid cheese
    • Minimize your hot dog intake

Doctors say that the surest way to maintain a healthy lifestyle with diabetes is by staying active and regularly exercising. So even while choosing the right foods to eat, do not lose sight of maintaining an overall healthy lifestyle.

Can Diabetics Eat Ice Cream?

can diabetics eat ice cream

Who doesn’t love a delicious ice cream cone on a hot summer day, while walking along the boardwalk? Chances are, you may have just had a craving for some delicious ice cream. If you are here reading this article though, you may not be sure. You may be wondering can diabetics eat ice cream?

Let’s be honest, as a diabetic, you go through life wondering about what you can or cannot eat out of fear that it messes with your blood sugar levels. Nowadays though, you have an endless supply of choices out there when it comes to ice cream.

You can low-fat, no-fat, low sugar ice cream, as well as dairy-free ice cream too. How does one diagnosed with diabetes figure out if this delicious, sweet treat is acceptable for them? That’s easy, you come to a place like this to research it.

Can Ice Cream Cause Diabetes?

can ice cream cause diabetes

You can find a lot of information out there on this topic. The problem though is that 90% of this information is incorrect. They are written by opinionated individuals who do not take the time to do proper research on the topic. No food can give you diabetes. A combination of poor diet and lack of exercise which can cause you to become overweight can lead to type 2 diabetes. This does not mean that one specific food caused it.

Lifestyle choices cause type 2, and type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune disease that has no prevention or cure. This means that type 1 diabetics are born with the disease, rather than causing through poor choices. With that being said, I understand that sometimes you can only do what you can do, or you only go with what you know. However, type 2 is preventable by making wise and informed choices when it comes to diet and exercise. As with most things, managing it is simple enough by watching the types of food you consume, and the quantities.

Can eating ice cream cause diabetes? No, it does not. This does not mean that you can go out and start packing back the Ben & Jerry’s though. You still need to be concerned with the amount you ingest. Sitting down and smashing a 1-liter tub of your favorite French Vanilla blend twice a week is still not considered a healthy choice. The next thing you should consider is, are there better brands of ice cream for diabetics?

What Are The Best Brands of Ice Cream For Diabetics?

best brands of ice cream for diabetics

As you are aware, there’s an endless supply of the delicious frozen treat available. All you need to do is, take a stroll through the freezer section at your local grocer, and you will see all the different choices you have available. Let’s be honest, too often when choosing based on calories, you find that the flavor is also lacking. How can you select a brand of ice cream that isn’t going to send your levels into the atmosphere, and still have something that tastes yummy too? Which leads to the question – As a diabetic, which brand of ice cream is best for you?

As a diabetic looking for some ice cream, you want to select a product that falls in the following area: No more than 150 calories, try to keep your choice around 5g of total fat, 3g of saturated fats. You will also want to try and keep the carbohydrates around 20g and the sodium, somewhere around 100mg. This is per 1/2 cup serving. Now that you have a guideline of where you want to be, which brands are going to give you the best flavor for your buck?

Two brands seem to be sitting at the top, when it comes to fitting into this topic. The first one is called Blue Bunny Hi-Lite, and they offer up a deliciously delightful Light Vanilla, and Light Chocolate for your discerning pallet. Per 1/2 cup they contain the following: between 100-110 calories, 2-3g of total fat, as well as 45-5mg of sodium. The other brand that tops this list, which should be no surprise, is Breyers Smooth & Dreamy product line. Offering up both flavors in an amazingly delicious low carb offering. Both flavors contain 110 calories, 3.5g total fat, 50-55mg sodium, and 16g carbs.

Is There Sugar-Free Ice Cream for Diabetics?

Fun fact: When an ice cream product is labeled “sugar-free” It actually is not. This is mostly due in part because, they contain naturally occurring sugars as well as, carbohydrates. Products that are labeled “no sugar added” are usually sweetened with what’s called sugar alcohols and sucralose, which is more commonly known as Splenda. Most “no sugar added” brands contain a little thing called lactose, a naturally occurring sugar. The reason is, that most brands claiming no sugar added are made using milk.

The other thing to note is that some substitutes used in place of sugar, actually contribute to the carbohydrate load, thus increasing blood sugar levels, although this increase is nowhere as dramatic as table sugar. So, the answer is no, there is no sugar-free ice cream for diabetics. Yet there are low sugar options available for you.

Final Thoughts…

Can diabetics eat ice cream? Most certainly you can. However, as wit most foods, make sure to read the label and do the research when it comes to selecting your favorite flavor. When consuming some delicious, sweet ice cream, consider eating it with your meal rather than as a treat separate from it. This way the nutritious components of fiber and protein can help balance the meal out.

Consider adjusting the contents of your meal as well. If you were planning a meal with a carb heavy side dish, consider swapping it for the ice cream so you can stay within a 45-60g range, or whatever your target carbohydrate range is according to your doctor’s advice.

As always, read the labels, be informed, and there’s no reason you can’t enjoy ice cream in moderation.

 

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