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The Truth about Fast Foods Mythbusters for Diabetes

Although we don’t recommend people with diabetes eat at fast food restaurants, diabetics need to understand the caloric & curb value of the food we eat in fast food restaurants. Here are few tips on how to eat healthy in fast food restaurants.

1. Chicken nuggets = Protein

Chicken nuggets are a poor choice for diabetics looking to add protein to their diabetic breakfast. In fact, not only are chicken nuggets often fried and loaded with grease, but they also contain high amounts of corn starch when they are made at most fast food establishments.

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Therefore, by eating chicken nuggets, you are overloading your system with saturated fat and you are taking in a product that your body cannot process (the body does not process corn starch, so it turns to fat.)

Instead of chicken nuggets, ask for a grilled chicken sandwich. Make sure to specify that you want grilled chicken rather than fried chicken. Remove the bread and other condiments from the sandwich and enjoy the chicken on its own.

Keep in mind that most fast food condiments, such as ketchup, are loaded with refined sugar, so avoided them and keep your blood sugar under your control.

2. Smoothies are always a healthy diabetes meal plans option

Not all smoothies are healthy. When it comes to creating a smoothie, there are a variety of recipes that restaurants follow. Some restaurants use sugar-rich powders and juices for flavor, whereas others use natural fruits and vegetables to make their smoothies vitamin-rich. Make sure that the ingredients are all natural when you order a smoothie…and that the recipe doesn’t include sugar; fruit is sweet enough.

Some restaurants give you the option of adding protein powder to your smoothie, which may help to satiate you for longer. Keep in mind that the protein powder that they use is generally dairy-based, which should be avoided by folks who are lactose intolerant. However, protein in general can help you feel fuller longer than fruit alone.

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3. Salads are sure-fire healthy diabetic meals

Beware of the dressing and extras. Salads are generally a safe alternative to many other fast food options, such as burgers and fries. However, it is important that you are aware of what comes with the salad. For example, a simple pack of salad dressing can add up to 400 calories and countless grams of fat to what would otherwise be healthy meals for diabetics.

Also, be careful about eating the “extras” that may come with your salad, such as croutons. Croutons are basically thickly-buttered pieces of bread that are baked until they harden. What might seem like a little bite of something crunchy can add up to be several pieces of buttered bread in no time?

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Portion Control – The Right Amount of Food

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Americans with Type 2 diabetes eat too much food and exercise too little. Studies indicate that diabetic Americans not only eat too much food, but we have a poor picture of the right amount of food. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there are specific portions of certain food groups that everyone needs to eat every day in order to stay healthy.

Portion control is understands how much a serving size is and how many calories a serving contains. Portion control is important for weight management as the weight is defined by the total calorie intake. Healthy diabetes meal plans, using Aristotle’s philosophy, is the desirable middle between the extremes of excess and deficiency (over-eating and not eating enough), the “golden mean.” Portion control is eating a healthy diabetic diet meals balance of amount and types, of varied foods.

If you’re overeating, you’re not the only one – and you may be able to point at least a portion of your finger at the restaurant industry, which commonly serves two, three, and four times the recommended portion of food per meal.

Not sure whether or not you’re eating more than the correct portion? The FDA recommends an average of 2700 calories per day for men and 2000 calories per day for a mildly active male and female respectively.

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” So when you are about to devour the content of that large plate consider that a 180 pound person burns an average of 100 calories per mile from walking by wearing diabetic shoes. That person has to burn 3,500 calories to lose one pound of fat. Calories can add up – rapidly. DO THE MATH! OK 35 miles!

Here’s a brief analysis of recommended portions for commonly over-eaten foods:

* Cheeseburger or Hamburger

The recommended portion for a burger is only 3 ounces, which packs in a light 261 calories and 12 grams of fat. However, the average burger is 7 ounces, which adds more than 600 calories and almost 30 grams of fat to your daily diabetic diet plan.

* Beer and Wine

The FDA recommends that each portion of beer be only 12 ounces (about the size of a can of beer). However, a draft beer may be around 15 ounces. The 12 ounce portion adds only 153 calories to your diet while the larger beer adds 195 calories. the good news, however, is that beer does not contain fat. Yet, it may contain carbohydrates (around 12 grams in 12 ounces.)

As for wine, you won’t receive any grams of fat, but you can save about 50 calories by sticking to the recommended 5 ounce portion (which is only 120 calories). The average glass of wine packs on 168 calories and is served at 7 ounces.

* Ice Cream

Everyone is entitled to a little sweet treat every now and then, right? Well, be sure to emphasize the “little” when it comes to the cold stuff. The average serving size for a cone or cup of ice cream is one cup. However, it’s recommended that you only consume half a cup of ice cream or low fat desserts in one sitting. Half a cup packs on 137 calories and about 7 grams of fat.

* Pancakes

Who doesn’t enjoy a leisurely brunch or breakfast that includes a tall stack? Well, if you’re trying to maintain or lose weight, then you’d better go for diabetic breakfast that includes short stack – the way short stack. The average restaurant serves four pancakes per order. However, the recommended portion is only two. Two pancakes still pack on a healthy amount of diabetes carbohydrates (around 48 grams) and may cost you about 172 calories. Better yet – go for whole wheat pancakes that will reduce the glucose spike in your blood stream.

* Bagel

Next time you order a bagel to go, make sure that you only take about half of the bagel with you at a time. The average serving for a bagel is five inches across. However, it’s recommended that you only eat a three-inch bagel if you’re trying to lose or maintain your weight by checking through body fat scales. Cutting your bagel in half may save you about 200 calories.

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