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Protein and Diabetes – TypeFree Diabetes

By July 19, 2018 Uncategorized

Protein and Diabetes

Healthy Eating Guidelines

Protein is one of the most important components of a healthy diabetes diet. Amino acids from protein becomes like insulin; hormones, enzymes, organs and muscles. Diabetics need to eat a balanced healthy diet of the recommended amount of proteins, carbohydrates, and, fats.

Not only will a protein-rich diabetes diet help to ensure that your cells function optimally, but protein also helps to control your appetite so that you are less hungry throughout the day.

Here are a few important facts about protein and Diabetes:

  • Adults Diabetics should consume between 50 and 60 grams(g) of protein per day (depending on your body weight.)
  • 8 ounces of meat contain the recommended amount of protein.
  • Protein makes amino acids. Cells use amino acids to make new proteins and repair muscles, skin, organs, blood, and bones throughout the body.
  • Protein helps to heal wounds and help blood clot.
  • Protein also regulates hormones like insulin and glucagon, and creates antibodies. Antibodies attack foreign things like bacteria that enter the body (antigens).
  • The body uses all 22 types of amino acids. However, the body can only make 13 of these amino acids (and has to get the other nine from food sources.)
  • Protein can be stored as fat or converted to carbohydrates. The process of converting protein to carbohydrates is called Gluconeogenesis. This process happens in the liver and kidneys.
  • Children require protein to grow. However, children only need between 22 and 28 grams of protein per day.

It is important to eat a protein-rich diet.

  • Protein-rich foods make up about 15 percent of the daily diet.

  • In order to get enough protein, it is recommended that people consume about 2 -3 servings of low-fat dairy products and 2-3 servings of lean meat products each day (which includes meat, fish, and poultry.) Tofu is often substituted for meat.
  • Foods that are high in protein include foods from animals such as meat, eggs and milk and milk products like cheese, yogurt. Other sources include soy, nuts, beans, and lentils.
  • Easy-to-make protein-rich meals include:Low Fat Grills for Sale

    • Chicken, baked or grilled
    • Fish, Baked or grilled, or tuna fish salad
    • Baked or grilled cheese burger from turkey or beef
    • Cheese sandwich using low cholesterol cheese, cheese pizza
    • Tofu stir fry

    Protein-rich snacks include: cheese sticks, a handful of almonds, a South Beach Diet breakfast bar, and grilled chicken fingers.

    Type 2 Diabetics should eat low fat protein in order to reduce the intake of saturated fats. This can be done by:

    • Eating fish

    • Cooking chicken breast without the skin
    • Low fat beef
    • Drinking skim milk (0% fat)
    • Cooking protein in vegetable oils like Olive oil, and Canola oil

    If you’re looking for some great Diabetes menu planning tips, take a look at our Diabetes menu planning section.

    A great diabetes meal planner should serve good food in

    Portion Control plates…Don’t over eat!

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