If you or a love one sufferers from diabetes, then you probably already know that cooking appropriate meals can be difficult. Most of us are in the habit of using a wide range of ingredients when we cook, and diabetic patients are only allowed a very restricted diet. It's also more of a challenge to make your meals tasty, when you can not use the varieties of ingredients you generally turn to. Only a limited number of foods are suitable for diabetic patients, so you need to apply some thought to how to make dishes that will taste good, without having a negative impact on their health.
Probably one of the best places to start is to look at the types of ingredients that are generally considered diabetic-friendly. Then there are tricks you can use to make sure your diabetic cooking has lots of flavor without the risk of endangering the well being of the diabetic patient. Using ingredients that do not affect the levels of sugar in the body is really important. The extra benefit is that these ingredients are often very good at enhancing the patient's ability to minimize the bad effects of diabetes.
Here are some of the main ingredients that are suitable for diabetic cooking:
If there's one thing that you need to make sure is a major ingredient in most of your diabetic cooking, it's grains. The fibers in grains are essential, because they help the body break down any buildup of glucose. In the diabetic food pyramid, grains are the base, which means that they need to be the central part of every diabetic patient's diet.
Beans and Legumes
These are great vegetables, because they're so versatile. With a little bit of research, you'll find plenty of possible meals you can make using beans and legumes. Even better, they're also low in calories, which is important in the diabetic patient's diet.
Dried Herbs and Spices
Although the effect is limited, dried herbs and spices can counteract sugar in the body. But the important part is that herbs and spices including ground ginger, basil, curry powder, saffron, paprika, bay leaves, red pepper flakes, ground cinnamon, cloves and caraway seeds are also very tasty. So that means you can use them in your cooking to make the dishes you prepare much more enjoyable for the diabetic patient.
Bitter melon is not quite as well known, but recent research has shown that it has intense anti-diabetes power. It's not certain exactly how bitter melon works, but the research has shown that it's extremely effective in counteracting the ill effects of diabetes. It also helps to prevent the buildup of glucose. The only problem, though, is that bitter melon is very aptly names – it tastes very bitter! Some people may find its bitter taste too overpowering. However if it's used carefully in cooking, the bitterness can be used in combination with other flavors to produce an amazing taste.