Diabetic Super Hero?

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Q:

Why on your food recipe site Food Hero in the "special diets" section are there no recipes for a diabetic diet?

- Tillamook County, Oregon
A:

While it would be wonderful to serve all audiences through FoodHero.org diabetic diets are outside the scope of the funding source of Food Hero. Allowable activities of our funder focus on primary prevention of disease. Accordingly, they include activities to help our target audience prevent or to postpone the onset of chronic disease by establishing more physically active lifestyles and healthier eating habits. By contrast, medical nutrition therapy (which would include developing diabetic recipes) is a secondary intervention that focuses on helping people already afflicted with a disease cope with its effects and prevent additional disability.

However, many of the Food Hero recipes reinforce these healthy eating tips found on the American Diabetes Association website: 

  • Eat lots of vegetables and fruits. Try picking from the rainbow of colors available to maximize variety.
  • Eat non-starchy vegetables such as spinach, carrots, broccoli or green beans with meals. 
  • Choose whole grain foods over processed grain products. Try brown rice with your stir fry or whole wheat spaghetti with your favorite pasta sauce.
  • Include dried beans (like kidney or pinto beans) and lentils into your meals.
  • Include fish in your meals 2-3 times a week.
  • Choose lean meats like cuts of beef and pork that end in "loin" such as pork loin and sirloin. Remove the skin from chicken and turkey.
  • Choose non-fat dairy such as skim milk, non-fat yogurt and non-fat cheese.
  • Choose water and calorie-free "diet" drinks instead of regular soda, fruit punch, sweet tea and other sugar-sweetened drinks.

The American Diabetes Association website also includes a full range of recipes

Lauren Tobey
Nutrition Education Coordinator
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