Medical Video: Dining with Diabetes : Easy Bean Salad
Lately, more and more people have chosen to become vegetarians. Vegetarians are someone who chooses not to include any meat (including red meat, poultry meat, seafood, and processed meat) into their daily diet.
If you are a vegetarian, make sure you keep the nutrients you need by eating a variety of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and low-fat dairy products.
There are various types of other vegetarian diets, including:
- Vegan: a group that does not eat any meat, eggs and dairy products
- Lacto-vegetarian: this group does not eat meat or eggs but continues to consume dairy products
- Lacto-ovo-vegetarian: this group does not eat meat but still eats dairy products and eggs
Can someone with diabetes be a vegetarian?
Of course you can. Vegetarian menu is very good and healthy for people with diabetes. Research shows that if someone enjoys a vegetarian menu, they can avoid diabetes.
In fact, research on vegan diets has shown that unnecessary restrictions on carbohydrates and calories can reduce weight and A1C test participants (tests that measure a person's average blood glucose level).
A vegan diet is usually filled with foods that are high in fiber, low in saturated fat, and cholesterol free when compared to other traditional diets. High fiber in this diet can help you feel full for a long time after eating, and can help you eat less. Intake of fiber greater than 50 grams per day of eating can help reduce blood glucose levels. In addition, this diet also tends to be low-cost, because meat, poultry and fish are quite expensive foods.
Also often called a pure vegetarian diet. Those who follow a vegan diet do not eat meat or food prepared from meat products.
People with diabetes can choose to follow this type of vegetarian diet. The vegan diet includes a variety of plant foods. Eating soy products and various vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds can also meet the needs of protein and other important nutrients. The main nutrient of concern for this group is vitamin B12, so for those of you who want to follow this type of diet, you should still take the necessary supplements or multi-vitamins.