5 Diabetic Food Myths That You Fell For

In India, almost 1 in 3 people suffer from Diabetes Mellitus. 

With so many different potential sources of information and schools of thoughts there is also lot of confusion. Especially when there are so many Don’ts involved than Do’s and stringent food habits in diabetes care it becomes overwhelming to follow any.

MYTH 1: FRUIT IS NOT YOUR FRIEND ANYMORE

Fruits today have been made the enemy and are looked through only one perspective. Fruit= Sugar. Fruits are so much more than that. They have a combination of Nutrients (Vitamins and Minerals), Fibre (soluble and insoluble) and water. These micronutrients especially become of importance in people suffering from diabetes as they face a lot of deficiencies

That being said, everything works only in moderation. Hence they key is to not avoid fruits completely neither going ham on it.

MYTH 2: SUGAR IS NOT DIABETES FRIENDLY

Sugar is found naturally in fruit, vegetables (fructose) and dairy foods (lactose). It’s also added to food and drink by food manufacturers or by ourselves at home.

So suffering from diabetes does not necessarily mean you completely cut out natural sugars present in fruits, vegetables or milk. It is these added sugars in your ketchup, baked beans, biscuits, sodas etc. is what you really need to curb.

MYTH 3: BYE BYE DESSERTS

Go ahead and enjoy that small piece of dessert/ cake/ Mithai once in a while. The more you deny the body, the more you crave leading to complete breakdown. Remember always moderation is the key to good health.

MYTH 4: NO ADDED SUGAR EQUALS Diabetes friendly

Psychologically when anything is labeled ‘No added sugar’ or ‘sugar-free’ you tend to consume them without any moderation as they seem safe to consume. This is when you tend to go overboard and consume more than the recommended serving beating the whole purpose

MYTH 5: I AM ON MEDICATION, I CAN EAT WHATEVER I WANT

In conclusion, Diabetes Mellitus care does not require any set diet or stringent rules which you need to follow. It’s an everyday lifestyle change that you need to adopt. Break those restrictions and eat mindfully. And remember always, Moderation is the key.