Therefore, a therapeutic diet for people with diabetes is one that helps keep blood sugar levels on an even keel, and that is exactly what the recipes in this book are designed to do.
This book is not just a cookbook; it contains lots of terrific ideas about how to modify traditional recipes to reduce the fat and help you maintain a healthy blood sugar level. High levels of glucose in the blood overwhelm the kidneys' ability to reabsorb glucose, so it is excreted in the urine-along with substantial amounts of water-soluble nutrients. These nutrient losses are a significant contributor to the complications that plague so many diabetics. The recipes in this cookbook, which use vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, salmon, unrefined oils, and other nutrient-dense foods, will go a long way toward improving nutritional status and protecting against diabetic complications. No matter how healthy-something might be, if it doesn't taste good, you aren't going to eat it.
Therefore, we've included a broad range of foods, cooking methods (most of them quick and easy), and types of cuisines to satisfy every taste. We've tested and retested every one of these recipes, and we hope you like them as much as we and the friends and family members who served as our "taste testers" do. Of course, some carbohydrate-rich foods, such as breads and other products made with white flour, are bad news. But others, including vegetables, whole grains, beans, and fruits, are a very important part of a therapeutic diabetic diet.
The higher the glycemic index of a particular food, the faster and more dramatic the rise in blood sugar after eating it.
However, because it ignores the amount of carbohydrate in an average serving of a food, it needed a little refining. The glycemic load of a food takes into account both the glycemic index and the number of carbs per serving, giving us a more reasonable indication of a food's impact on blood sugar. Although pasta has a moderately low glycemic index, because it is so carbohydrate-dense, it has a high glycemic load. This doesn't mean that you can't eat pasta, grains, and other dense carbs, but eat them in moderate quantities, as suggested in the recipes in this book.
If breads, grains, pasta, beans, and other dense carbohydrates cause problems with blood sugar control, eat them less frequently and in smaller portions. Even though white sugar only has a moderately high glycemic index, it is devoid of nutrients, high in calories, and has no place in a healthy diet.
In summary, minimally processed, fiber-rich, nutrient-dense, low-glycemic index vegetables, fruits, beans, and whole grains are your ticket to good blood sugar control, and they should be a foundation of your diet. Even if it's not life-threatening, hypoglycemia can make you tired, unfocused, irritable, and shaky.
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Diabetes type 2 vegetarian diet