TYPE 2 diabetes can be controlled by eating the right kind of diet, but it can be difficult to follow a strict diet when eating out. If you have diabetes, these are the best menu choices to prevent high blood sugar when dining at a restaurant.
Type 2 diabetes is a condition in which a person has too much sugar in their blood. Having too much sugar in the blood can cause an array of health issues involving the heart, kidneys, nerves, eyes and feet. In order to prevent complications and keep diabetes under control, people with condition are advised to follow a healthy, balanced diet that is low in sugar, fat and calories. The need to limit sugar intake is obvious, but it’s also important to cut down on foods that are high in fat and calories.
This is because diabetes-associated complications are more likely to occur in people who are overweight.
In addition, people who are overweight are more likely to develop diabetes in the first place, than people are of a healthy weight.
Ensuring you follow a healthy diet may be easy at home, where you can control exactly what you eat.
Health professionals advise that there aren’t any foods people with diabetes have to completely cut out of their diet – but they should limit their intake of unhealthy treats.
“There’s nothing you can’t eat if you have type 2 diabetes, but you’ll have to limit certain foods,” said the NHS.
Choose a starter that is “light and refreshing”, such as fragrant Thai salad.
Salads are a much healthier and lower calorie option than garlic bread or other typical starters, but watch out for dressings which can be high in fat.
If you want something more substantial, barbecued or grilled meat or fish starters are likely to be lower in fat than richer dishes, so opt for chicken satay, tikka, mixed grills or tandoori.
As with starters, barbecued or grilled meat or fish dishes are a healthier main course option than richer dishes that are heavily sauce-based.
Steamed or boiled dishes like steamed rice, noodles or vegetables are another good choice.
Order an extra side dish of salad and vegetables, rather than chips, if you find your meal is too light, and ask for any dressings to be served on the side.