American Diabetes Association (ADA) just released its standards of medical care in diabetes for 2017. This comprehensive guide further strengthens the belief, that going green is ‘THE’ healthiest lifestyle choice one must make to beat diabetes. For the first time ADA has acknowledged the importance of plant based diet.
As per the guidelines on Medical Nutrition Therapy, The Mediterranean, Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) and Plant-based diets are recognized as examples of healthful eating patterns.
Eating patterns and macronutrient distribution:
A variety of eating patterns are acceptable for the management of type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes including Mediterranean, DASH, and plant-based diets.
Carbohydrate intake from whole grains, vegetables, fruits, legumes, and dairy products, with an emphasis on foods higher in ﬁber and lower in glycemic load, should be advised over other sources, especially those containing sugars. People with diabetes and those at risk should avoid sugar-sweetened beverages in order to control weight and reduce their risk for Cardio Vascular Disease (CVD) and fatty liver and should minimize the consumption of foods with added sugar that have the capacity to displace healthier, more nutrient-dense food choices. Source: Table 4.1 http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/40/Supplement_1/S33.figures-only
How Jackfruit fits the bill
All three diets above have one thing in common: 50% of the plate should be Vegetable/Fruits, and Carbohydrates (carbs) should only be 25%. Adding green Jackfruit in a meal is the easiest way to reduce carbs in our diet and increase plant food. Green Jackfruit is high in fiber and low in glycemic load vs Rice & Wheat (our GI study at Sydney University has proved glycemic load of Jackfruit365 is in fact only half of rice or wheat)
Dietary fat is better than Carbohydrate
Data on the ideal total dietary fat content for people with diabetes is inconclusive, an eating plan emphasizing elements of a Mediterranean-style diet rich in monounsaturated fats may improve glucose metabolism and lower CVD risk and can be an effective alternative to a diet low in total fat but relatively high in carbohydrates.
Jackfruit hitting the Jackpot with Coconut
Coming back to the traditional Jackfruit Meal from Kerala; the meal contains fresh grated coconut which is monounsaturated fat. In addition to improving glucose metabolism monounsaturated fats provide the body with nutrients that are good for body cells. They also reduce the bad cholesterol levels in the blood. Similarly, virgin coconut oil, just like virgin olive oil, is good to include in your diet, for the same reason as cited above.
Mediterranean vs God’s Own Plate:
Here’s a short illustration on how Kerala’s plate with Green Jackfruit & Coconut is similar to the Mediterranean plate with Grilled vegetable & Olives.
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