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Nice recipes, but not for Diabetics!
on 15 January 2010
I am a recently diagnosed Type 2 diabetic. I am also a bit of a geek. So I read everything about my condition and treat my body as a science experiment - measuring blood glucose (BG) levels regularly - writing down exactly what I eat - and correlating the effect everything I eat has on my BG levels. Basic scientific experimentation like I learned at University studying Physics
So I know, as a certainty, that I have to eat very few carbohydrates in order to maintain my BG in the normal range 4 - 7 mmol/L. Every time I eat even small amounts of pasta, bread, porridge, rice, potatoes, etc. my BG's shoot up after the meal. Wholemeal or not.
So, am I unusual? No. In fact I would say that at least 50% of other diabetics who actively manage their BG would agree that they have to very carefully control their carb intake and keep it on the low side.
Let me get to this recipe book.. which does contain some very nice sounding meals I acknowledge. The opening introduction states "Eat regularly throughout the day and base your meals on starchy carbohydrate foods such as bread, potatoes, rice, pasta and cereals."!! There is a whole chapter called "Eat more potatoes"!!!
Folks.. this is not just bad advice .. it could actively harm many Diabetics who follow it. You should only eat these kinds of meals if you are completely on top of your blood glucose and have tested your reaction to high-carb foods like potatoes and rice individually in moderate amounts.
I acknowledge that I am not an expert, Dietitian or a Doctor. But I do know my body and that if I ate these recipes regularly it would very probably reduce my life-expectancy. I will add that I am not a "fan" of low-carb eating or Atkins. It's just that my diabetes insists on it!