How to avoid diabetes in your diet
In the first week of the new year, we have been inundated with news about a range of issues relating to diabetes and other conditions.
One of the biggest concerns for many is the increased demand for energy-dense foods.
We have seen the obesity epidemic, and with rising rates of diabetes, it seems inevitable that the obesity crisis will worsen.
In the absence of reliable and accurate information, people are understandably hesitant about adopting a healthy diet.
The main reasons people are reluctant are fear of losing weight, fear of contracting an infection and even more fear of getting sick.
It is for these reasons that I have been working to dispel myths and misconceptions about healthy eating.
Here are some of the key myths that I want to dispel.
Myth 1: It’s ok to eat fruit and vegetables on a day-to-day basis.
While I would never say it’s ok, I think it’s important to understand that if you choose to eat a healthy food, you are contributing to the health of the community, your family, and the planet.
I’m not saying it’s the only thing that’s important, or even that it’s best, but I’m saying it is a part of the food we eat.
A lot of people are unaware of how many of our fruits and vegetables we eat each day.
This infographic from the University of Queensland, shows the amount of food we have each day and shows that the food that we have is a significant source of carbon dioxide, which is the greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change.
Myth 2: Grapefruit is the perfect source of energy.
Grapes are rich in antioxidants and fiber, and in fact the USDA recommends that we eat at least two cups of grapefruit each day to prevent obesity and prevent heart disease.
However, the USDA also states that there is a negative correlation between the amount and type of fruits consumed and risk of diabetes and type 2 diabetes.
What this means is that if someone eats a ton of grapefruits, they will have a higher risk of developing diabetes than someone who eats a few fruit and veggies daily.
Another myth is that eating fruit and/or vegetables on the weekend is good for you, because you are avoiding carbs during the day.
It is not.
Fruit is a high-energy food and needs to be consumed with energy.
For this reason, you need to limit your energy intake to less than your body requires.
There are several other myths that we can debunk.
Myth 3: There is a correlation between sugar and diabetes.
When we look at the number of calories consumed by the average American each day, we see that we’re eating an average of 1,621 calories of carbohydrate and a measly 350 calories of fat each day on average.
These numbers are misleading, and I encourage everyone to take a closer look at them and see what they mean.
According to a study conducted by the University at Buffalo, people who consume 1,000 calories of carbohydrates, but only 200 calories of fats each day have a 20 per cent higher risk for type 2 Diabetes.
To put this in perspective, one cup of rice has about 4.5 grams of carbohydrates and only about 8 grams of fat.
Many people don’t understand that sugar and fats are not interchangeable.
The best thing to do for your body is to limit the amount that you eat.
Myth 4: Fat doesn’t contribute to diabetes.
The majority of the population is in agreement that fats do not contribute to obesity and diabetes, yet it is common knowledge that fat intake is linked to increased risk of heart disease and type 1 diabetes.
There is no scientific evidence that fats cause diabetes.
In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health, University of Washington and the University College London found that the risk of type 2 Diabetic complications (including cardiovascular disease and cancer) was highest in people who ate a diet high in saturated fats.
Fat intake is also linked to an increased risk for Type 2 Diabetes and heart disease, although this link has not been proven in clinical studies.
Myth 5: Saturated fats increase insulin sensitivity.
There is no conclusive evidence to show that consuming a diet with high levels of saturated fat will increase insulin response, which in turn can reduce blood sugar levels.
Despite this, many people believe that the more saturated fats you eat, the more insulin sensitivity you will develop, which will make it harder to control blood sugar.
Although there is no real evidence that saturated fats cause insulin resistance, some people still believe that eating saturated fats will make you insulin resistant.
Dr. David Ludwig, an obesity specialist at the University Medical Center Utrecht, has been conducting research on the insulin sensitivity of individuals who are overweight and obese.
He found that when they were given an energy-restricted diet