Cooking for a loved one who is suffering from
diabetes can be a very challenging experience. For starters, you
won't be able to use each and every ingredient in your repertoire,
as diabetic patients require a restrictive diet. Second, you'd need
to find ways to make your dishes tasty even without the benefit of
the ingredients that have become a regular staple of your kitchen.
Diabetic patients have to content themselves with a limited number
of food types, and it's up to you to come up with dishes that will
still tickle their taste buds without compromising their good
Up to it?
There are some tricks you can use that will ensure the flavor of
your diabetic cooking without having to endanger the wellbeing of
your loved one. They involve the usage of certain ingredients that
we can consider as diabetic-friendly. These are ingredients that do
not affect the sugar level in the body. Better yet, these are
ingredients that sometimes enhance the body's ability to ward off
the ill effects of diabetes.
Let's take a look at the primary ingredients for diabetic cooking:
* Grainy food. Focus your diabetic cooking with grains as the
primary ingredients. Grains contain fibers that are essential in
helping the body break down glucose buildups. Grains are likewise
the base of the diabetic food pyramid, meaning, they should be
central in every diabetic patient's diet.
* Beans and legumes. Beans and legumes are versatile vegetables.
There are many dish possibilities you can come up with them.
Additionally, beans and legumes have low calorie content, which is
required for every diabetic patient's diet.
* Dried herbs as well as spices. It has long been established that
spices counteract sugar to a limited degree. But herbs and spices
such as basil, curry powder, ground ginger, paprika, saffron, red
pepper flakes, bay leaves, caraway seeds, ground cinnamon and cloves
also add so much flavor for your diabetic cooking, flavor which your
loved one is sure to cherish and savor.
* Bitter melon. Perhaps you'd want to discover the intense
anti-diabetes power of bitter melon. Among the diabetes circles all
over the world, much attention is being given to the bitter melon
for its amazing effectiveness in counteracting the ill effects of
diabetes, and preventing the buildup of glucose. Bitter melon,
however, is true to its name, bitter. For some, it may be too bitter
for their liking. But there are recipes that use the vegetable's
bitterness for an amazing taste.