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The food exchange system

 

Diabetes is an incurable disease but can be controlled with medication, diet, exercise, lifestyle and daily monitoring. It is manageable if you follow the advice of your physician and have regular checkups to stay in control of Diabetes.Food Exchange SystemThe best way to cook for the diabetic is to follow the food exchange system which was developed in 1950 to help those suffering from diabetes to control their sugar intake and lower the amount of glucose in the blood.

The food exchange system has 3 main groups or categories of food and simply by exchanging one food for another, you will be able to eat the nutrients your body needs while balancing the glucose in your blood. These 3 groups are: fats, carbohydrates and protein like meat or protein substitutes like cheese and eggs. When you first begin using this food exchange system, it can be confusing but as you use it to maintain balanced blood sugar levels you will be more familiar of how it works and you shouldn t be hungry.

The carbohydrates are broken down into starches, breads, fruits, vegetables, milk and sweets. A meal plan may say you can have 2 1/2 servings of carbohydrates to eat at your meal, you choose 2 full servings of 2 different foods and 1/2 of another. These are measured proportions of a serving or grams. For example: 1 bread or 1 starch food, 1 small Rice cracker machine fruit, and 1/2 cup of milk or you may choose 1 cup of milk, 1/2 slice bread or 1/2 serving of potatoes and 1 small fruit.

The thing to remember is to exchange one for the other. Total grams you should consume at a meal is 12 to 15 grams of carbohydrates, 7 grams of protein industrial cupcake machine and 5 grams of fat.After using and becoming familiar with the grams or servings of the food exchange system, you will be able to choose foods that you enjoy eating, balance your sugar intake, maintain your weight and receive the proper nutrients to maintain a healthy body and lifestyle.