Type 2 Diet Questions & Answers
Many have written in, asking me for diabetes treatment guidelines, and especially for diabetic diet guidelines for Type 2. So, I wrote out some frequent questions and answers. First, though, here’s your Free Course series delivered by email:
Diabetes Treatment Guidelines
Q & A :
Question: “Is honey bad for diabetics?”
The selected study investigated the effect of natural honey on body weight and some blood biochemical indices of diabetic subjects.
Answer: The results of this study demonstrate that 8-week consumption of honey can provide beneficial effects on body weight and blood lipids of diabetic patients. However, since an increase in the hemoglobin A(1C) levels was observed, cautious consumption of this food by diabetic patients is recommended.
PMID: 19817641 DOI: 10.3109/09637480801990389 Reference: Pub Med gov
Question: “Can a diabetic eat banana?”
Answer: Yes. A single, medium-sized banana contains 14 grams of sugar and 6 grams of starch. In addition to the starch and sugar content, a medium-sized banana contains 3 grams of fiber.
AuthorityNutrition .com states that, “fiber is especially important for people with diabetes, as it can help slow the digestion and absorption of carbs.”
The aim of diets for people with diabetes is to slow the digestion and absorption of carbs. Look for high fiber foods then, with a low glycemic index. (Low G.I., for a slower release of sugars into the bloodstream.)
Question: “How is this slowing of digestion done?”
Answer: Eat slowly. Eat smaller meals and tiny food portions. Increase the fiber content of your meals. Vegetables and most fruits are great for increasing fiber. This will definitely reduce blood sugar spikes and improve your overall blood sugar control.
Question: “What kind of foods should I avoid?”
Answer: The foods to avoid are cheap soda drinks, colas, etc., sugary sweets, cakes, donuts, buns, chocolate and white bread. Over-refined, white flour products are really bad as the carbohydrates are quickly converted to sugar in your bloodstream. This causes blood-sugar peaks. As I mentioned, try to select protein rich foods that take a long time to digest. Your aim is to slow down the whole process of digestion.
Avoid the starchy, root vegetables like potatoes, kumara, taro, and yams. They dump massive amounts of carbohydrates into your bloodstream. These things will elevate the blood sugar levels!
Make your elimination of wastes much easier, too, by eating high fiber foods: fruits like apples, oranges, grapes, pears, watermelon, and plums. Blueberries and goji berries are great. Vegetables like carrots, broccoli, cucumber, onions, tomatoes and all the green leafy veges: lettuce, spinach, silverbeet, and kale. Red beetroot is especially good. Celery is a very healthy food and has a high fiber content.
So, there you have it. I realize that our Diabetes Treatment Guidelines Dietary Q & A is perhaps a little too brief. I have a strong preference for natural cures, with no medications involved. I learned this amazing approach from Dr. Reed Wilson, MD. I’d love for you to visit this intrepid researcher and clinician. Please watch his video here and take notes. It moves quickly because time is short for us and we want to live life at the best quality we possibly can – completely free of Type 2 diabetes!
The Health Editor
Geoff Dodd, Focus On Success!