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Daniel C. Luthi, Nutrition Educator & Chinese Herbalist

Diabetes in Taiwan (Part 2)

By Daniel C. Luthi, Nutrition Educator & Chinese Herbalist
Translated by Ann Lee

Nutritional awareness to prevent and treat NIDDM
The dietary changes preventing or treating NIDDM are complex and require a new way of looking at food. Familiarize yourself with the four food groups essential to maintaining good health:

- Every meal should include some protein such as beans, nuts, seeds, meat, poultry or fish. Whenever possible, animal protein should be chemical-free meat, poultry and eggs, and should include deep-sea, cold-water fish such as salmon, halibut, mackerel and herring.

- Moderate consumption of good fats is essential for good health. These "good" fats include butter and pure olive oil for cooking, as well as flaxseed oil and extra virgin olive oil for salads, dips, and cold sauces. Fats found in nuts and seeds are also good fats, especially if they are organically grown and properly stored.

- Non-starchy vegetables provide vitamins, minerals and fiber and are therefore vital for a healthy, functional digestive system. They have a low Glycemic Index (slower and more even absorption into the blood) and can be consumed as much as desired. They should include bell peppers, broccoli, cabbage, raw carrots, garlic, green beans, all dark-green leafy vegetables, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, and others.

- Starchy vegetables have a high Glycemic Index and are therefore absorbed more rapidly into the blood. If NIDDM has been diagnosed or is suspected, cooked carrots, corn, potatoes, yams, beans, peas, lentils, fresh fruits and whole grains should always be consumed together with protein and good fats to avoid a rapid increase in blood sugar.

To Contact Daniel: solothurner@yahoo.com or visit: www.NutraHerbalSolutions.com

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