Can People with Diabetes Eat Raisins?
In the world there are many types of people. Some have high blood pressure, some have heart disease, some have cancer. There are also different kinds of people who do not need medical treatment such as children or pregnant women. However, if you fall into one of these categories then it is necessary to seek medical attention immediately because your life may depend on it!
There are several reasons why people with diabetes should avoid certain foods. These include:
1) They increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
2) They cause weight gain and obesity.
3) They can lead to high cholesterol levels which increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases like heart attack, stroke, and even death.
4) Certain foods contain phytoestrogens (plant estrogens).
These chemicals mimic estrogen in the body and interfere with normal hormone function.
5) Certain foods contain gluten, which causes digestive problems and leads to malnutrition.
6) They can affect the immune system leading to infections.
The above are some of the risks that come with eating the wrong foods. There are also benefits of certain foods that people with diabetes can enjoy in moderation.
For example, studies have shown that:
1) People with diabetes who eat nuts (such as almonds) regularly have lower cholesterol levels than those who do not.
2) Drinking coffee is associated with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.
However, drinking more than three cups of coffee per day increases the risk of miscarriage for pregnant women.
3) Eating whole-grain (ideally wholegrain) is known to lower cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease.
4) People with diabetes who eat high fiber foods (such as legumes) regularly have lower cholesterol levels than those who do not.
5) Drinking green tea is associated with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.
6) Alcohol in moderation can be good for your health.
Specifically red wine is known to lower the risk of heart disease. It is important to note, however, that alcohol in excess is related to liver damage and many types of cancer.
7) Some people report that taking garlic pills (3 per day) lowers blood cholesterol levels.
People with diabetes should consult their doctor before taking garlic supplements due to the risk of bleeding.
The foods listed above are just a few of the many that people with diabetes can enjoy. Just remember: everything in moderation!
Can People With Diabetes Eat Raisins?
Diabetes is a condition that affects the way your body metabolizes sugar. It is caused by either the pancreas not producing enough insulin, the cells not reacting to the insulin that is produced, or a combination of both.
There are three main types of diabetes: Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, and Gestational diabetes. The National Institute of Health researches and studies the three types of diabetes, how they are caused, and what treatments are available.
Specifically on the topic of raisins and people with diabetes, the NIH reports that raisins (as well as other dried fruits) contain a high amount of sugar that could potentially lead to a hypoglycemic attack in people with diabetes.
A hypoglycemic attack, also known as a “hypo” is an episode in which your blood sugar gets dangerously low. The symptoms of a hypo can vary from person to person and attack to attack.
They can include:
4) Rapid heartbeat.
7) Slurred speech.
8) Blurry vision.
Sources & references used in this article:
Polyphenol content and health benefits of raisins by G Williamson, A Carughi – Nutrition Research, 2010 – Elsevier
Mindful eating: the art of presence while you eat by JB Nelson – Diabetes Spectrum, 2017 – Am Diabetes Assoc
Raisins in human health: a review by P Restani, G Frigerio, F Colombo… – BIO Web of …, 2016 – bio-conferences.org
The Prophetic tradition and nutrition: issues of mixing raisins and dates by SM Tamizi – Online Journal of Research in Islamic Studies, 2017 – ejournal.um.edu.my