There are so many so-called diets for type 2 diabetes on the market today. Even if you ask your doctor what’s the best diet for diabetes, you might get an answer that will surprise you.
But ultimately, what REALLY is the best diet for type 2 diabetes? Well my answer is, it depends. And before I give you my answer to that question, first I’d like to share a couple of the more popular diets out there.
What’s the Best Diet For Diabetes?
Here are some of the popular diets for type 2 diabetes:
The Low Carb Diet
Perhaps one of the most highly recommended type 2 diabetes diets of the doctors I work with is the low carb diet. The low carb diet is popular and the idea is the lower the carbs, the less the insulin requirement from the pancreas. This makes sense if you understand type 2 diabetes. With type 2 diabetes glucose metabolism is the problem. And insulin resistance is the underlying defect.
If insulin can’t unlock the door to the cells to let sugar in, why not cut back on the amount of carbohydrates (which are converted to sugar) you eat?
The High Fiber Diet
The next popular diet for type 2 diabetes is a high fiber diet. These are diets that include whole grains, beans, fruit and vegetables. The idea here is that fiber slows the breakdown and absorption of sugar.
When you combine high fiber foods such as beans with rice this slows down the absorption and breakdown of these carbs.
Also, foods high in fiber make you feel full and you don’t get hungry as fast. High fiber diets are recommended by many dieticians and health care professionals for type 2 diabetics.
The Raw Foods Diet
The Raw Foods Diet is very popular and many people rave about it. Not only are raw foods such as vegetables high in fiber, but they are higher in nutrients.
The idea is the more you process food the more impact the food has on your blood sugar. Take for example a potato that has been turned into mashed potatoes. The mashed potato will raise your blood sugar faster and isn’t as gentle as a whole potato.
The PH Diet
The science behind the affect that alkalinity and acidity have on the body has always fascinated me. The notion with type 2 diabetes as well as many conditions out there is that the more acidic your body is, the more diseases you are susceptible to. By having an acidic PH level, allows for a breeding ground for disease in your body. And high blood sugar levels create an extremely acidic environment in your body.
For many drinking more water helps to alkalize the body. Or adding more vegetables or a wheat grass drink can also help. There’s material out there showing how applying alkaline water to gangrene of the foot has been shown to improve and heal the gangrene.
In fact, alkaline water treatments are widely used in parts of Asia. And a PH diet has been the subject of much debate when it comes to helping to improve and conquer diabetes.
Prior to using any of this material, please consult with your physician.