My intention writing this article is for you to get a clearer understanding about fat intake into your body. I used to think that I could not eat any fat at all. All fat were bad for me. Little did I know that eating fat is part of good diabetes diet plan. Knowing what fats are for your betterment and which ones are detrimental is what this article is all about.
Maybe this happens to you. When I read the labels of some of the foods I am looking to purchase I sometimes have some trouble digesting what all the ingredients are on the package. Especially when it comes to determining the fat content. Which fat is good? Which fat is not good? I did hear that you have to have some of the good fats in your diet. They are essential. This article is about getting the record straight about fats in food. The good and the bad fats that is.
Some fats that are not good for you
If you see these bad fats go in another direction. I am always checking out labels of products I am about to buy for these two items. Trans and Saturated make up the bad fats dirty duo. Sausage, red meats, bologna, hot dogs, cheeses, cream sauces, French fries, gravies with meat drippings, palm and coconut oil are on the bad fats list. Bakery products are loaded with trans and saturated fats. Fast food restaurants are a haven for these two ingredients in their deep fryers and miocrowaves. If you are in fast food restaurant you are probably not in a good place to begin with as a diabetic. Unless you are ordering a salad.
Why are trans and saturated fats so bad for diabetics?
Trans and saturated fats do not make life better for diabetics. It’s about blood circulation. Because there is more sugar in the blood of diabetics than people without diabetes circulation of the blood is slower. The LDL which we want to be low goes up and HDL which we want to increase goes down. These two types of fats do the exact opposite of what you want to have happen in your body
What are some good fats?
Monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids are the good guys as far as fats are concerned. These fats assist our bodies. They make our cell membranes more flexible, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and reduce mortality from heart disease. Cold water fish like salmon and bluefish are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Use canola and/or olive oil to sauté, cook, prepare salad dressing or bake.
Suggestions on food preparation
Grill instead of fry. Lean meat instead of fatty meats will keep you lean. For meats and seafood eat two to three ounce servings. Forget about a half of a pound to a pound of beef. Skin that chicken before cooking or eating. Keep your saturated fat intake down. You and your diabetes diet plan will be much better off.
What you eat as a diabetic is crucial. We as diabetics do not have the luxury of a haphazard diet. I am learning from one man that has experienced the awful side effects of injecting insulin into his body for 10 years to living a healthy lifestyle by eating the foods that make sense. If you would like to hear what he has to say check out the free MP3. Did I tell you he lost over 100 pounds changing his diabetes care 360 degrees?