Filipino Foods And Diet Tips For Diabetics

We all know that Filipinos are one of the many people that  suffers from diabetes. This might be due to the kind of lifestyle, environment and food or diet that we follow. Diabetes complications can weaken the immune system thus making our body vulnerable from lots of bacteria and viral infection. Aside from a healthy lifestyle and daily exercise, eating the right kind and amount of food can help in terms of diabetes prevention.

Below are some Filipino food and diet tips that can work wonders in terms of diabetes. They are all based on expert advice you can find around. Check them out and ask a doctor first if they can be beneficial and helpful for your body or health condition.

Filipino Foods And Diet Tips For Diabetics


Fish

Milkfish, tuna or salmon are diabetic friendly fish for Filipinos. You can either prepare a sinigang na bangus (milkfish sinigang) or kinilaw na tuna or salmon. They are high in omega-3 fatty acids that is pretty essential in terms of diabetic diet.

Sinigang Na Bangus Filipino Diabetic Food

Green And Leafy Veggies

Including kangkong (Filipino swamp cabbage) dish at your table once in a while works great for a diabetic diet. Kangkong is a fiber rich Filipino vegetable that aids the body in terms of food digestion. Fiber also helps to maintain the ideal body weight and lowers the risk of heart disease and other diabetes complications. Adobong kangkong partnered with grilled fish is a good combo meal to eat.

Adobong Kangkong Filipino Food For Diabetic

Vitamin C Rich Fruits

Eating Vitamin C loaded fruits is a must for diabetics. Filipino local fruit such as suha or even calamansi contains high amount of vitamin C. You can extract their juice and serve or drink it as a cold afternoon refreshment.

Suha Filipino Fruit For Diabetics

Always remember, proper eating and food proportioning is a major factor in terms of diabetic diets. As much as possible, you should also avoid eating too much Filipino foods that are high in cholesterol. I know they are truly flavorful and tempting but then again, always consider your health first before eating them.

The above food and tips are just few of the many Filipino foods and dishes that is truly helpful and beneficial in terms of diabetes control or prevention. As always, it’s best to consult an expert or doctor first for their own food and diet tips that is suitable enough for what your body needs.

Image Credits:

Sinigang Na Bangus – Robyn Lee via Flickr
Adobong Kangkong – louis r via Flickr
Suha – WordPro via PhotoZou
Salmon Tuna Salad With Cream Sauce  – vorakorn via FreeDigitalPhotos.Net

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4 thoughts on “Filipino Foods And Diet Tips For Diabetics

  1. Unknown

    Be careful in recommending fruit to a diabetic…the importance of monitoring carbohydrates cannot be overstated. Depending on glucose and A1C levels, fruit is limited…

  2. Unknown

    It should be noted that Calamansi has 25 grams of carbohydrates per 9 ounces. The most common diet for a diabetic allows for no more than 120-130 grams of carbohydrates for the entire day. 25 grams for 9 ounces of calamansi could be better spent on other things.

  3. Ray Faelnar

    I'd like to make this page a "one-stop-page" for list of foods for diabetic Filipinos that I can prepare everyday. Please post more. Thank you so much, you've been very helpful.

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