Diabetes and nutrition
Healthy eating and an active lifestyle is important for everyone, including people with diabetes. Meals that are recommended for people with diabetes are the same as for those without diabetes.
Because diabetes is a condition where your blood glucose level is too high, many people think they need to avoid sugars and foods containing sugar. However, it is important to understand that it is not sugar in itself that causes diabetes but rather a combination of factors such as being overweight and being inactive. Sugary foods may add to weight gain and this is why it is important to limit excessive sugars in your food. Eating less fat, particularly saturated fat, is also very important to help you manage your diabetes and your weight.
Until recently, people with diabetes were placed on rigid diets and given a list of dos and don’ts about eating. Your friends or family may tell you about these restrictions and while they might mean well, their advice may be out of date and inaccurate.Read more ›
It compulsory for all food products to display a full list of ingredients. Small packages and foods like herbs and spices, tea, coffee and foods sold unpackaged or foods made and packaged at the point of sale are exceptions. Food labels help people who are interested in making informed food choices about their nutrient intake.Read more ›