Diet is a controlled regimen of food and drinks, as to gain or lose weight or otherwise influence health. Diet can have a notable influence on health.
Below are some types of food which are either best done away with or overlooked when presented with a menu list and this is not only for people with diabetes. The food types are most relevant to people with diabetes.
Most white starchy foods, for example, white bread, white rice etc. are digested and converted into glucose quickly by the body; this means they very quick to raise the body’s blood sugar level even as pure sugar. For instance, a regular size white bread roll will usually have around 30g of carbohydrate. This means that eating this white bread roll will raise your blood sugar at an estimated rate of consuming 7 teaspoons of pure sugar. As a result of this, it is advisable to always be on the look out for bread with higher fibre content, as whole grain bread has a higher fibre content than white bread meaning that the carbohydrate gets converted into glucose less quickly.
2. BACON AND OTHER PROCESSED MEAT
Bacon is also a food to overlook when presented with a menu list; this is due to the fact that it is so often a processed food that is deceptive, this is because a lot of preservatives are used to keep bacon at its best when it is being processed. Although researchers have not told us the reason why processed meats are so bad for us but statistics often show a significant increase in the risk of having diseases such as bowel cancer, heart disease and even diabetes (type 2 diabetes) which are all associated with processed meat. It is important to note that some examples of processed meats include burgers, sausages, hot dogs, hams and a host of others. A very good replacement and healthier options for bacon options are larger cuts of meat that you can roast and slice yourself. You could also go for sliced belly pork or freshly cut slices of bacon and also make sure there are not unwanted and excessive ingredients in what you are about to buy from your butcher or the store.
Pastries are baked food group which contains items made from flour and fat pastes, such as pie crust, puff pastries, tarts, sausage rolls, and so on. Many of us have gotten addicted to a lot of this stuff and as such, they hold a special place in the hearts of many and we feel we can’t do away with them. It’s a pity that we don’t know that pastries contain a notable amount of carbohydrate and also fat which together makes them highly calorific. Taking a relatively small portion of pastries can contain a large number of calories, so they are said to be energy dense foods. Eating foods like potatoes and gravy makes it easy for you to gain half your daily calorie intake in a single meal. A very good option for these highly calorific foods is stew which could contain red meat and also vegetables.
The interesting concept behind ready meals is that there is a convenient balanced meal in one neat package, and on opening this package of a balanced meal and putting it in the microwave and within a few minutes you hear the ping which means your food is ready and you can enjoy your meal. This idea is good in terms of convenience, but its short coming is that only a few ready meals are well balanced. For instance, the vegetable content of ready meals is very small compared to what a balanced meal should contain. Another issue with the vegetable content of ready meals is that the vegetables are less than fresh so will have lower vitamin content than freshly cooked vegetables. Ready meals are also highly processed which means the meals require little work from the digestive system to convert the carbohydrates into glucose, that is they have the tendency to increase the blood sugar level than if the meal was prepared at home. Another problem with ready meals is often the calorie content. Like pastries, these can be super energy dense foods and it’s well worth looking at the calorie counts before adding to your basket or before deciding whether it is a meal for one or two.
A balanced and healthy diet is crucial for optimal nutrition and well being. When making decisions about your choice of foods, it is good to focus mainly on fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and low-fat dairy products. Many people don’t consume the recommended amounts of nutrients, which increases their risk of being infected with various illnesses and diseases. In order to meet up with your nutrient recommendations, it is advisable to choose a variety of nutrient-dense foods from each food group and limit intake of saturated fat, cholesterol salt, and added sugars.
Eating a take away very often is very detrimental to a person’s health because taking it on a regular basis can be a fast moving health hazard. Having a once weekly takeaway could set back any attempts to lose weight for a person who is a very strict eater through the rest of the week. Takeaways are noted to have a very high-calorie content say about 1,000 calories, which means they have high carbohydrate content which results in high blood sugar level if they are consumed regularly. For example, an example of a takeaway meal is Fish and chips which contain 840 calories and half a 12-inch pizza which contains 900 calories. It is advisable that if you have takeaways on a regularly, let’s say once a week or more often, you need to find ways to cut back on the number of takeaways you have and rely mainly on home cooked meals especially your favorites because this will often have fewer calories than a takeaway. Also as a result of you eating home cooked meals you can easily have portions of food that won’t have a negative effect on you.