Type 2 Diabetes Nutrition Myths
Let us bust some myths when it comes to food and Type 2 diabetes for you.
Myth #1 – Fruit is high in sugar so should be avoided
Although fruit tastes sweet, it is a form of natural sugar that is accompanied by lots of fibre and antioxidants which are disease preventing! Remember to eat fruit in its whole form. Have 2 or 3 pieces across the day.
Myth #2 – Sugar causes diabetes
Eating sugar is not the cause of diabetes. Eating too much sugar or any foods that are also high in unhealthy fats and salt can increase your risk of developing diabetes, especially with an unhealthy weight. Processed foods high in added sugars can be enjoyed in small amounts here and there.
Myth #3 – People with diabetes can’t eat carbs
Wholegrain carbohydrates are a part of a healthy diet for everyone. Foods like brown grainy breads and oats are full of fibre and vitamins which provide many health benefits. People with diabetes or pre-diabetes should eat servings of wholegrains relevant to their activity levels and minimise processed foods high in refined carbohydrates, just the same as everyone else!
Myth #4 – Only overweight people can get diabetes
Although being overweight is one of the biggest risk factors for type 2 diabetes, it is not the only one! Genetics, age and ethnicity are out of your control, so to minimise your risk, ensure you exercise regularly, eat healthy and maintain your stress levels!
Check out this week’s healthy recipe packed full of veggies and fibre!
Simple Pasta Salad
Serves: 4 Time: 20mins Cost: $10 approx. ($2/serve)
- 2 cups wholemeal pasta
- 2 cups spinach
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1 tomato
- 1 can of corn
- 1 1/2 cups low fat cheese
- 1/2 lemon
- 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
- salt & pepper
- boil a large pot of hot water, add pasta and cook for 12 mins.
- chop tomato & cucumber, drain corn, grate cheese, mix together in a bowl.
- drain pasta and rinse with cold water to cool it down.
- add pasta and spinach to salad bowl and mix together.
- stir through 2 TBSP olive oil, ½ juiced lemon and ¼ tsp salt & pepper.