People with diabetes should eat special
False. Like everyone, people with diabetes should maintain a
healthy and balanced diet. It is important for us all to eat a
balanced diet that is high in fibre, low in saturated fat and
contains low GI carbohydrates to provide the body with necessary
fuel and micronutrients. There is no need for people with diabetes
to have special or separate meals.
Eating too much sugar causes
Diabetes is related to high blood glucose levels, so the more
sugar you eat the more likely you are to get diabetes, right?
Wrong. Diabetes is not caused by eating too much sugar. In fact,
it's not clear what causes some types of diabetes.
What we do know is type 2 diabetes tends to be more related to
lifestyle choices like food, exercise and maintaining a healthy
weight, but even type 2 diabetes is not directly related to eating
too much sugar.
For an online risk assessment for type 2 diabetes, click here.
Bananas are high in
It's unclear where this popular myth came from, but it needs to
be busted. Banana cake or deep fried banana fritters may be high in
fat but the plain old banana is not. In fact, a large banana has
only 0.1g of fat and is packed full of fibre, potassium, vitamin B6
and vitamin C.
You shouldn't eat after
If this common myth was true, there would be a lot of hungry
people! It takes an organised person to ensure that dinner is done
and dusted before 7pm.
The time of day that you eat isn't the most important thing.
It's the amount and type of food you have eaten over the whole day
that is important.
Try adding a piece of fruit or a glass of low fat milk to your
dinner and you may even be less tempted to indulge in sweet snacks
Carbohydrates will make you
This little gem has been around for a long time, so it's high
time we set this one straight.
The bottom line is no single food or type of food can make you
fat. Eating more kilojoules than you are burning off in your
day-to-day activities is what will make you stack on the kilos. It
is all about portions.
A healthy diet is one where you eat plenty of fruit and
vegetables, whole grains, legumes, lean meat and low fat
dairy. Balancing this with regular physical activity will ensure
your body is happy and healthy.