Did you know that research has shown a clear link between diabetes and colon cancer?.
Affecting one out of every 11 people, diabetes causes higher than normal glucose levels in the bloodstream. Since the food we eat can raise the amount of sugar in our bodies, it is important to eat the right things. Eating a balanced diet, especially if you are diabetic, can have a positive effect on your colorectal health.
What Should I Eat More of?
Be sure that your diet mainly consists of whole grains, proteins, fruits, and vegetables.
Avoid any white or enriched grain products. These types of grains can quickly elevate blood sugar levels. Whole grain products don’t have this effect and provide a good amount of fiber.
Good whole grains include:
- Whole Wheat Bread
- Whole Grain Rice
- Whole Grain Cereal
Many people believe protein is found exclusively in meat. This is simply not true! While lean meats can be fantastic sources of protein, beans and lentils offer quite a bit as nutritional value well.
Healthy protein sources include:
- Beans (Black, Pinto, Kidney, Lima)
- Black Eyed Peas
Fruits / Vegetables
As we’ve all been told since a young age, fruits and vegetables are an important part of any diet. They provide a significant amount of vitamins and minerals, so try to eat a few servings of each daily. While fruit does have sugar in it, the fiber helps release the sugar at a slow rate over time.
The best fruits and veggies include:
- Dark Green Veggies (broccoli, spinach, cabbage, collard greens)
- Orange Veggies (squash, carrots, sweet potatoes)
Foods to Avoid
Foods high in sugar and salt should be rarely eaten if possible.
Most processed food, otherwise known as “junk food,” contains a high amount of sugar. Limiting sugar intake doesn’t only include your food choices, keep an eye on what you drink as well!
Sugary foods and drinks to avoid:
- Cookies / Candy
- Tea / Coffee (with added sugar)
Heart attacks and strokes are common conditions for diabetics. Consuming too much salt can raise your blood pressure and increase your risk for these issues.
Common overly-salted foods include:
- Canned Goods
- Packaged Meats
How to Plan a Diabetes-friendly Meal
Keep these factors in mind when preparing a meal or while dining out. Also be sure to take advantage of the American Diabetes Association’s meal planning guide and the CDC’s recipes for people with diabetes.
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