You read that right! Sugar! But not the sugar you have in mind. The sugar that is converted is what I’m talking about. Sugar from carbs.
Well, let me start this post off by saying that I’m no doctor (obviously). BUT
I do follow the studies and work of several doctors and that’s where I’ve gotten this information from.
Diabetics have a list of food that they’ll have to stay away from. And carbs are the enemy!!
I agree to some extent. Cookies, doughnuts bread maybe!? All of that can be bad for any kind of person and not just diabetics. But how about rice? fruit? Oatmeal?
And also please not that I’m talking about Type-2 Diabetes, not Type-1 Diabetes, aka Juvenile Diabetes. They are different diseases.
ok now back to carbohydrate and diabetes. Carbohydrates are not the cause, and have never been the cause of diabetes. If that were the case, then cultures that eat a diet made up of mostly high-fiber whole food carbohydrates would have high rates of diabetes. That’s not the case. And when people from these cultures move to a Western country & start eating as we do–their rates of diabetes rise.
Let me talk a little about Dr Neal Bernard who has been reversing diabetes for years now and has been successful. His dietary approaches to diabetes is quite simple.
1. Begin a Vegan Diet: Avoid Animal Products
Animal products contain fat, especially saturated fat, which is linked to heart disease, insulin resistance, and certain forms of cancer. These products also contain cholesterol and, of course, animal protein. It may surprise you to learn that diets high in animal protein can aggravate kidney problems and calcium losses. Animal products never provide fiber or healthful carbohydrates. A vegan diet is one that contains no animal products at all. So, you’ll want to avoid red meat, poultry, fish, dairy products, and eggs.
2. Avoid Added Vegetable Oils and Other High-Fat Foods
Although most vegetable oils are in some ways healthier than animal fats, you will still want to keep them to a minimum. All fats and oils are highly concentrated in calories. A gram of any fat or oil contains nine calories, compared with only four calories for a gram of carbohydrate. Avoid foods fried in oil, oily toppings, and olives, avocados, and peanut butter. Aim for no more than 2–3 grams of fat per serving of food.
3. Favor Foods with a Low Glycemic Index
The glycemic index identifies foods that increase blood sugar rapidly. This handy tool allows you to favor foods that have much less effect on blood sugar. High-glycemic-index foods include sugar itself, white potatoes, most wheat flour products, and most cold cereals.
4. Go High Fiber
Aim for 40 grams of fiber a day, but start slowly. Load up on beans, vegetables, and fruits. Choose whole grains (try barley, oats, quinoa, millet, whole-wheat pasta, etc.). Aim for at least 3 grams per serving on food labels and at least 10 grams per meal.
To put these guidelines to work, focus on the New Four Food Groups. Choose unlimited amounts of grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables. Modest amounts of nonfat condiments and coffee are also fine.
Grains: pasta, rice, high-fiber cereals, corn, oatmeal, couscous, bulgur wheat, millet, barley, rye, etc.
Legumes: beans (black, pinto, kidney, garbanzo, white, etc.), peas, split peas, lentils, nonfat soy products
Fruits: olives, pineapple, and watermelon. Bananas, apples, grapes, pears, peaches, oranges, melons, grapefruit, kiwi, and berries, among others, are all good choices.
Vegetables: all, except white potatoes. Examples include tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, kale, collards, squash, green beans, bok choy, sweet potatoes, and artichokes.
A note on vitamin B12: Those following a diet free of animal products should take a B12 supplement of 5 micrograms per day. Any common multiple vitamin will provide this amount.
If you’re really serious about changing your life and ditching the insulin shots, you can buy his book here. All of this clinically researched. It’s not studies done by some Naturopath or Homeopath. Real doctor, real patients and real clinics.
To longevity, a better living and your health.