If You Have Type 2 Diabetes, Avoid Fat- Foods

Nov 23, 2016

Recent information has changed general attitudes toward consuming reduced-fate, low-fat, and other fat- foods.

These types of food often replace healthy fats with processed sugars, salts, and refined carbohydrates, which all dramatically affect how type 2 diabetics feel and function.

When you consume the ingredients and chemicals that are found in fat- foods, your glucose levels spike. For type 2 diabetics, this can result in some detrimental consequences including heart attack or stroke.

Since November is National Diabetes Awareness Month, the Chiropractors at AICA Atlanta are promoting education around how people with diabetes can manage their condition more effectively.

If you have type 2 diabetes, consider the following information that highlights what types of food you should avoid at all costs. When you are ready for additional help, call the Chiropractors at AICA Atlanta at (404) 889-8828 to schedule a consultation within the week.

Diabetes and The Low-Fat Craze

Food manufacturers began promoting fat- foods in the late 1980s after particular information came out about the devastating effects of cholesterol and fat. Suddenly, food companies began capitalizing on consumer fears by creating a variety of fat- and cholesterol- meals.

Favorite items like Slim-Fast, margarine, fat- cheese, and WOW! Chips were created during this time, although the adverse health effects of these foods wouldn’t be discovered for another 20 years or so.

Obesity and Diabetes Spike In America

Only one percent of all Americans suffered from type 2 diabetes in the 1960s, while 13 percent of the population was considered to be obese.

In 2016, approximately 56 percent of all U.S. citizens are considered to be obese, while 11 percent suffer from type 2 diabetes.

The reason for this spike is due in large part to the amount of low-fat and fat- foods Americans consume on a regular basis. All of these items contain refined carbohydrates, which cause you to feel hungry or unsatisfied despite consuming large portions of food.

Fat and Cholesterol Shouldn’t Be Avoided

Research now shows that the amount of fat one consumes isn’t linked to weight gain or disease. What matters is the kind of fat you consume and some calories you take in each day.

Trans fat is the worst kind of fat because it is created through hydrogenation. The other type of fat that should be avoided is saturated fat.

Certain fats are necessary to consume as they play a critical part in allowing your cell membranes to function correctly, help maintain hunger levels, and even support a healthy immune system.

Cholesterol is now recognized as beneficial for creating estrogen, testosterone, and vitamin D. It is also ideal for supporting intestinal health, brain development, and nerve functioning.

Dietary Recommendations for Type 2 Diabetics

If you have type 2 diabetes and are interested in taking more control over your health, the Chiropractors at AICA Atlanta recommend consuming the following foods on a regular basis:

Monounsaturated Fats

  • Nuts
  • Dark chocolate
  • Olives
  • Avocado

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

  • Freshwater salmon
  • Herring

Saturated Fats

  • Eggs
  • Coconut oil
  • Grass-fed beef

Monounsaturated fats: Omega-3 fatty acids: Saturated fats:
olives and olive oil
dark chocolate
freshwater Coho salmon
wild-caught Alaskan salmon mackerel
grass-fed beef
grass-fed lamb
coconut oil

Remember, like most things in life, use fats in moderation! And choose organic whenever possible.


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