Can There Be a Low-Fat Cure for Type 2 Diabetes?

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 There are millions of people in America who have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and tens of millions more who will develop it soon. The medical community teaches us to control blood sugar through diet and medicine. This helps slow the progression of the disease and the damage that it will eventually do. But the cause of the disease may be more directly linked to the high consumption of fat (especially refined fats). High blood sugar is just the major symptom of the disease.

Dr. Neal Barnard has been a leader in the research done on a low-fat diet and its effects on Type 2 diabetes. Time after time, study after study has shown that eating a low-fat, vegan diet ALWAYS reversed overall blood sugar numbers significantly and ALWAYS outperformed the diet suggested by the American Diabetes Association. The plan is simple to follow. I have a quick outline below.

For more info, you can search “Neal Barnard, type 2 diabetes”.

Avoid Animal Products

Animal products contain fat, especially saturated fat, which may be linked to heart disease, insulin resistance, and certain forms of cancer. These products also contain cholesterol and, of course, animal protein. Diets high in animal protein can irritate kidney problems. Animal products DO NOT provide fiber or healthful carbohydrates. A vegan diet is one that contains NO animal products. Zero. None. So, you’ll want to avoid red meat, poultry, fish and all sea animals, dairy products, and eggs.

Don’t Eat Added Vegetable Oils or any High-Fat Foods

We eat WAY TOO MUCH fat. All fats and oils are highly concentrated in calories. A gram of any fat or oil contains nine calories, compared with only four calories for a gram of carbohydrate. High consumption of fats disrupts your ability to burn sugar and also screws with your pancreas. Here’s what you gotta do to reverse the disease: No refined oils, margarine, or vegetable spreads. Avoid foods fried in oil. Don’t eat olives, avocados, and peanut butter because of the high-fat content that these foods contain. Aim for no more than 2–3 grams of fat per serving of food. 

Eat Foods That Score Low on the Glycemic Index

 The glycemic index rank how fast foods spike blood sugar levels. This handy tool allows you to favor foods that have much less effect on blood sugar. High-glycemic-index foods include white sugar, white potatoes, most wheat flour products, and white rice. 

Eat More Than Your Share of Fiber
Some experts say that you should aim for 40 grams of fiber a day. Load up on beans, vegetables, and fruits. Choose whole grains (try barley, oats, quinoa, millet, 100% whole-wheat pasta). Aim for at least 3 grams per serving on food labels and at least 10 grams per meal. 

 

Make these foods the bulk of your diet

Grains: whole wheat pasta, rice, high-fiber cereals, corn, oatmeal, couscous, bulgur wheat, millet, barley, rye.

Legumes: beans (black, pinto, kidney, garbanzo, white, etc.), peas, split peas, lentils 

Fruits: All, except avocados and olives. Bananas, apples, grapes, pears, peaches, oranges, melons, grapefruit, kiwi and berries are all good choices. Eat an assorted abundance. 

Vegetables: all, except white potatoes. Eat a wide variety. Examples include tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, kale, collards, squash, green beans, bok choy, sweet potatoes, and artichokes.

Vegan Dirty Rice 

Stuff you need:

  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

  • 1 large white or red onion, cut into long thin strips

  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into long thin strips

  • 1 cup of pitted cherries

  • 1.5 cup cooked chickpeas or other beans

  • 4 cups cooked brown rice

  • Sea salt to taste

Here’s What to do:

  • Place onions and bell peppers into a bowl; toss until well coated, cover and allow it to marinate for 30-60 minutes.

  • Pit cherries and cut into quarters. (watch your fingers!)

  • In a large bowl combine warm brown rice, beans and toss with seasoning

  • Add marinated veggies with the vinegar mixture and cherries

  • Salt to taste

  • Serve with your favorite salad

People in the United Staes eat more fat now than they ever had and a very high percentage of it is refined fats and oils. This would make sense with the rise of Type 2 diabetes in the last couple of decades. Processed baked goods and deep-fried foods are a large contributor to the problem because they are convenient and quick to obtain. America loves fast foods! Eat an assorted abundance of Alkaline veggies and fruits every day!

Randy Powell, Eating-Veggies.com

Low Starch/Sugar or Low Fats for Better Blood Sugar Control?

 I keep hearing people arguing back and forth about the best way to reverse Type 2 Diabetes or prevent prediabetes. Most say to cut back or eliminate grains and sugars from the diet. Grains mean wheat, rice, barley, rye and corn. This does drastically lower your blood sugar levels but does it help to “heal” the problem? Maybe less need for insulin from the pancreas may help the cells to become more receptive to insulin when your body really needs it. Again, this is one side of many arguments that I have read. For many people, this works great and is very effective in keeping glucose levels under control. Grain-free and regular exercise is a good way to burn the excess fat that came from irresponsible eating.

  The other side of the topic feels that is better to remove processed oils and animal fats from the diet. This would require becoming a vegan. A diet of animal protein and animal fats interfere with the cell’s ability to accept insulin, thus leaving much sugar to build up in the blood. Processed oils just are not natural and should be avoided no matter if you are T2 diabetic or not. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine(PCRM) has tested their research against the standard type 2 diabetes diet recommended by the American Diabetes Association and most doctors. The vegan diet worked more effectively than the standard diabetes diet! READ MORE HERE.

  It never hurts to actually do your own research to see for yourself which Type 2 diabetic diet works best for you. And you don’t have to have T2 diabetes to adopt one of these eating styles. Taking responsibility for your future health starts NOW! The damage done to your metabolism was starting when you were young, eating all those kids meals, milkshakes and burgers as a teen. Sugary soft drinks and everything deep-fried is just the American way of life and because of this we have a Type 2 Diabetes epidemic that is rolling out of control. Unless we make a major change in our way of eating, we ALL are gonna need Healthcare insurance. Replace grains with Alkaline veggies for better blood sugar control