Go Meatless.  - Can it help me control my diabetes?

22th April is Earth Day!  As Earth Day approaches, we'd like to spotlight #GoMeatless, as a suitable action to save Earth.

Meat is problematic.

Meat is problematic, not only for our health but also for the planet’s. Animal agriculture is one of the leading causes of the world’s most pressing environmental issues. It accounts for 18% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Surprisingly, that’s the same of the emissions from every car, train, plan and ship on Earth.

Can it help me control my diabetes?

Can it help me control my diabetes? Basically, vegetarianism excludes high-calorie foods and animal products laden with saturated fats. It instead concentrates on foods that give necessary minerals and vitamins that help give diabetics a better chance of blood glucose control. These include whole grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables.

Reference: Diabetes.co.UK Vegetarian Diabetic Diet

According to the Mayo clinic's blog, for most, eating a vegetarian diet 
  • Promote a healthy weight 
  •  Improve blood sugar control and insulin response  
  •  Reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease

Promotes a healthy weight.

Vegetarian diets are often lower in calories than are non-vegetarian diets. This can help with weight management. Also, people following a vegetarian diet tend to have lower body mass indexes (BMIs) than do people who follow a non-vegetarian diet. A healthy body weight can improve blood sugar control and reduce your risk of diabetes complications.

Improves blood sugar control and insulin response.

Eating vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes and nuts — features of a vegetarian diet — can improve blood sugar control and make your body more responsive to insulin. This may mean taking less medication and lowering your risk of diabetes-related complications.

But even a vegetarian diet can have harmful effects on blood sugar if it is rich in simple carbohydrates — especially starches, such as potatoes, pasta, white rice and white bread.

Reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease.

A strict vegan diet is cholesterol-free, low in saturated fat and usually high in soluble fiber. A low-fat vegetarian diet can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure. Cardiovascular disease is a common complication of people who have diabetes.

If you're considering a vegetarian diet, you should speak with a nutrition specialist. He or she can help you create an eating plan that provides all the necessary nutrients and the right number of calories to maintain a healthy weight. 

As with any diet, it’s important to stay within an appropriate calories range to lose weight if that’s your goal.🤗

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