The quickest answer is: all! A healthy diet is essential for all living things, but when extra factors such as diabetes arise, diet becomes even more important.
We recently celebrated World Diabetes Day and from Cricket, as unconditional fans of a healthy diet, we want to highlight the relevant role that a balanced diet can play in conditions such as diabetes.
Diabetes is a condition or disease that is related to blood glucose, that is, blood sugar levels.
Blood sugar is our main source of energy and we get it from all foods (not just those that explicitly contain sugar among the ingredients). For this glucose to reach our cells correctly, a hormone called insulin is needed. If our body has problems creating that insulin, either because it creates little or because it does not create any, the glucose stays in our blood and does not enter the cells. Over time, that excess glucose in the blood can lead to health problems.
Yes and no. Yes, because you will have to bear more in mind aspects of your diet that were not so relevant before; and no, because at the end it would benefit all of us to have an equally balanced diet, taking into account the level of nutrients and glucose that each food provides to our body, as well as combining it with exercise and, in general, a healthy lifestyle that help us to correctly process and use everything we eat.
For this reason, there are no forbidden foods in the life of a diabetic, but there are recommended habits, and the key is to find the perfect balance in the diet, taking into account what, when and how much of each of them to eat. With the help of a professional, you can create a healthy menu that includes all your favorite foods and keep your blood glucose levels under control.
The key to a good diet does not lie in what you can eat, in general terms, but in what you base your daily diet; if most of your menus are healthy and contain fresh products with a high content of vitamins, fibers, minerals and, in general, a good amount of nutrients, your health will appreciate it. In case of being diabetic, good manners are even more important.
A diet based on fresh products with a large amount of natural nutrients such as seasonal vegetables and fruits is the ideal mattress for the rest of healthy habits to provide a greater benefit to your body.
Our body not only gets glucose from foods that are sweet or have a distinctly sugary taste to us; our body transforms other types of components into glucose once we have ingested them, especially carbohydrates. This is why vegetables that are low in starch will provide less glucose than vegetables that are high in starch.
Non-starchy or low-carbohydrate vegetables are, for example, broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, beans, aubergines, or green leafy vegetables such as cabbage, artichokes, chard, spinach, etc. On the contrary, the vegetables with a higher starch content can be potatoes, beans or corn, among others.
The low carbohydrate content of non-starchy vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower or artichoke, make them allies of people with diabetes, since they can be satiated and eaten in large quantities without greatly altering their glycemic index. And if they are also seasonal, local and as good as the ones we grow at Cricket… even better!