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A diet to dodge diabetes

A diet to dodge diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes is one of the most common side effects of obesity and obesity is caused in the main by overeating and lack of exercise. However, new evidence has come to light which suggests certain types of diet can affect the chances of getting the disease.

The chances of developing diabetes can be increased if you eat large amounts of red meat according to the University of Singapore. The researchers have found that when red meat consumption is increased to above half a serving a day it’s associated with a 48% increase in the risk of developing diabetes in the next four years. The research also showed that where red meat consumption is reduced by the same amount the risk of diabetes fell by 14%.

The research further asserted that people should be directed towards meats which are high quality and high in protein but not high in total and saturated fats. As we discussed in an earlier article getting your fats right is extremely important for your diet in general and this elevated risk of diabetes is more related to the saturated fat content in red meats rather than the meats in general. Low-fat cuts are advised as part of a healthy diet.

Avoiding Diabetes from Day One

Families can introduce a healthy diet to their children from a young age. This will help to avoid the risk of an addiction or reliance on salty and sugary foods which may lead to lifelong dependence on such foods and eventually a high chance of getting Type 2 Diabetes. 

Recent reports have suggested that there has been a fourfold increase in the number of children and young adults being admitted to hospital for obesity-related illnesses and problems, in just the last decade.

Below are a few food suggestions which you can add to your families’ diet as an easy, healthy way to ensure they are eating the right foods. They are still full of flavour but it’s a natural, wholesome flavour. Introducing these foods will help guide your family away from the foods which can become addictive and lead to health problems in later life.

Hearty Broth

It may not sound like the most exciting of meals but a hearty broth made from the real bones of chicken, fish, beef or any meat product at all will be packed full of flavour and is extremely wholesome. The bones are packed full of minerals which boost immunity and the natural gelatine in the meal will also help the development of healthy bones and dental structures in younger family members. Basic broths can also form the foundation for more complex meals including stews and soups.

Saturated Fats

Although saturated fats are highlighted as a problem in later life they do need to be consumed in moderation. Children need saturated fats and cholesterol to aid brain and nervous system development. The key to ensuring quality saturated fat products is to buy the most expensive products within your budget.

Meat and eggs from animals raised free-range tend to be much higher in Omega-3 fatty acids and other essential nutrients. Local farm shops are the best option for quality without extortionate pricing.

Fermented Food

From pickled eggs to natural yoghurts, adding fermented foods to you and your family’s diet significantly aids digestion and nutrition. Fermented foods are packed full of probiotics which increase the development of healthy bacteria in the gut and this in turn is linked to a stronger immune system and fewer allergies.

The wide range of fermented foods means you can get inventive and give your child a wide choice of different types to try. You may love pickled onions but there’s no guarantee your teenager will agree; perhaps a probiotic yoghurt might be a little better received.

A good diet will also help to keep your weight down at a healthy level. Avoiding diabetes isn’t all down to diet but you can ensure your diet is heading in the right direction. Exercising and keeping a lid on that alcohol intake will all also help to avoid any nasty shocks in later life.