Diet is vital piece of healthy living. It is necessary to take in a sufficient amount of calories to maintain a proper weight. Too many calories and one can gain weight, too few and one can lose. Once an ideal weight goal is identified it may sometimes be necessary to limit or increase caloric intake in order to achieve said weight goal. An imbalanced diet can lead to several health hazards. In today’s world, more than half of the population faces the threat of diabetes along with many other health disorders. In order to minimize these health threats, it is more important than ever to control one’s diet properly.
Diabetes can be very dangerous or even deadly. Many people across the world suffer from it. It is often caused by a decrease in insulin production, which inversely causes an increase in blood sugar levels. There is a misconception that diabetes is all about being obese, but obesity is not the only reason for the disease’s onset. There are many reasons people develop diabetes and obesity is simply one of those many reasons. Controlling weight is a very real concern, but ideally a healthy diet and exercise routine would also accompany weight control when combating diabetes.
All that is well and good, but what if you love pasta? There are some alternatives that can fit into a healthy lifestyle.
Pasta for diabetics
Pasta is often regarded as an unhealthy food for diabetics because of its rich carbohydrates. This is true, but portion sizes are also completely out of balance for most pasta dishes. Starches are a kind of carbohydrate which increase blood sugar levels. Regular pasta is made up of these starches. Therefore whole wheat pasta is preferred for diabetics, which is rich in fiber and helps maintain blood sugar. It is made up of whole wheat, i.e., kernel including the bran, germ, and endosperm. Swapping to whole grain pasta and observing proper portion control is an ideal way to still enjoy this dish after you are diagnosed. Pasta is still not always ideal for a diabetic diet plan, but making good choices is. Be sure to consult a clinician, dietician, or diabetic care specialist before making changes to your diet.
Diet noodles, the name itself creates an image of healthy living. After all, if the word “diet” is used in the name of a product, it must be good for you right? Wrong. Noodles, like pasta, can be dangerous when portion size is not considered. Diet noodles can replace traditional noodles which in turn can reduce cholesterol, calories, and weight. These diet noodles are often healthier and can be prepared with supplements, which can aid in weight loss. Diet noodles help in controlling blood sugar levels and thus help in preventing diabetes.
Diet noodles can also be tasty and are often available in different shapes. You can get instant noodles or traditional ones. Eating healthy food is the key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Zero carb noodles
Zero carb noodles are usually made of healthy, water-soluble fibers such as Glucomannan. With zero sugar or starch, i.e., no net carbohydrates, such fibers can be healthy and aid in weight loss(among other benefits). Zero carb noodles can be calorie free and they can easily absorb any flavor which allows the food to work as a conduit for other foods and spices. These noodles are usually of the instant variety and can give positive results for type II diabetic patients (especially those with constipation problems). Having no carbohydrates in your diet may lead to several other problems, so the required amount of carbohydrates for your healthy diet should be considered.
The above article contains some information about a few healthy options for diabetics. Portion control is key, and one must maintain moderation in all things. Always consult your doctor before major diet changes, and get tested for diabetes as soon as possible.
*The author of this blog is not a medical professional and this article does not contain professional medical advice. This blog is not intended to substitute for medical advice, treatment, or diagnosis. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of the contents of this article. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.