Diabetes Advice Worth One’s SaltWhile the amount of salt has no direct effect on your blood glucose levels, it’s still important to eat in moderation as part of your diabetes management as too much salt raises your blood pressure. People diagnosed with diabetes are more likely to be affected by high blood pressure which increases the risk of kidney and heart disease, as well as strokes.
Some foods you must avoid as a person with diabetes include processed food such as ready meals, salty meats such as sausages, stock cubes, cheese, prawns, canned food, ketchup, and mayonnaise. Avoiding these foods doesn’t mean you can never enjoy eating again. Here’s a list of healthier, yet equally tasty alternatives:
1. Flavour white fish with lemon and mixed herbs
2. Try paprika, chives, and mild chili powder of potatoes
3. Chop coriander on your curries
4. Add flavour to pasta using garlic or basil
You can also reduce the amount of salt you use in cooking by measuring what you add instead of just shaking the salt canister over the pan. If you have a hectic schedule and aren’t able to prepare healthy meals, choose ready meals where the labelling is green or amber for salt, compared to red. Lastly, cook from scratch instead of buying processed food. Fruit, vegetables, milk and potatoes which are generally low in salt will go a long way in keeping you healthy. More often than not, we sprinkle salt on food out of habit rather than need!
Being aware of these sources of added salt can easily reduce the amount of salt you eat and reducing the risk of any other health problems.