Tips for diabetics : Reading food labels

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Mac 8, 2012 oleh ustazkenali

Knowing how to read food label can help people with diabetes make healthier food choices.

Reading food labels is a useful method for diabetics to manage their condition well and will save them from a lot of unwanted calories, fats and sugars which will only worsen their condition.

The following are some simple tips for dibetics on how to read food labels.

1. List of indigredients

From the list of ingredients, you can evaluate whether the product is healthy or not. Healthy ingredients include whole wheat flour, soy and oats. Monounsaturated fats like olive, canola our peanut oils also promote heart health.

If you notice items such as hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils, this means the food contains unhelthy elements.

Do note ingredients are listed in descending order according to weight. The main ingredients is listed first, fillowed by other ingredients used in lesser amounts.

2. Counts total carbohydrates

If you are concerned about the carbohydrate count in a particular food item, them labels are essential tool in planning meals. For example, don’t just look at the grams of sugar, complex carbohydrates and fibre. If you only focus on sugar content, you  could miss out on nutritious foods which are naturally hihg in sugar, such as fruits and milk. Also, you might over-eat foods which have no natural or added suga, but are high in carbohydrates, like certain cereals and grains.

 

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