There is so much advice about diabetes available. From well-meaning loved ones to internet articles, there are as many contradictions and myths available as there are truths. So, how are you supposed to sift through all the information? These are the 5 most common myths about diabetes and food.
1. Carbohydrates Are Evil
Carbs themselves are not evil. Just because you are diabetic, there is no reason to wage a war on them. In fact, your body still needs a certain amount of carbohydrates to function properly.
Since not all carbohydrates are created equal, you have to choose certain ones for your diabetic diet. Ones that are lower on the glycemic index (GI) are better for you than those that are higher.
2. Fruit Is Equally Evil
Likewise, fruit is not evil. You can eat them, but certain ones are better for maintaining healthy sugar levels than others. The Mayo Clinic suggests certain fruits and portions only hold approximately 15 grams of sugar.
3. Sugar Caused Your Diabetes
Sugar is not the sole contributor of diabetes. Other factors come into play, depending on what type of diabetes you have. Sometimes, you are predisposed because of your genetics. Sometimes an unhealthy lifestyle helped you into the realm of diabetes. There are so many variables that contribute to overall diabetes risk, not one individual culprit.
4. Wine Is Off-Limits
Some alcoholic beverages are okay in moderation. Since it can potentially drop your sugar levels, and stress your kidneys, you should be careful about the amount you drink. Drinking one glass of wine, or one bottle of beer should be okay. But, you should see how your body reacts to it by monitoring your glucose levels for a day afterwards.
5. Medication Is the Great Equalizer
And lastly, being on medication for diabetes does not give you carte blanche to eat what you want. Your medication is there to help you, with the understanding that you will also follow a healthy eating plan. If you eat whatever you want, you negate the positive effects of your medication.
These are only 5 of the most common myths about diabetes and food. There are others out there. So, be aware of misinformation. Do your research before following new advice. Your health depends on it.