Diabetes isn't just a single, isolated health issue. It's a global concern and a big contributor to it are our eating habits.
For many, a little sugar seems harmless. A biscuit here, a ladoo there - it's all fine in moderation, isn't it? However, when these habits become your daily routine, they can in the long term contribute to insulin resistance, a key precursor to diabetes. Having excessive sugar causes our blood glucose levels to spike. Over time, this repeated spiking causes our body's insulin response to weaken, leading to Type 2 diabetes.
And many people forget the other food cause: fat. Consuming excessive amounts of unhealthy fats can lead to weight gain and obesity. Obesity is a major risk factor for insulin resistance, where the body's cells no longer respond effectively to insulin.
Many of our traditional snacks are high in both sugar and fat!
Our eating habits have changed dramatically over the years and so has our lifestyle. We've shifted from fresh, home-cooked meals to more fast foods and processed snacks. These foods are often high in both sugars and unhealthy fats to make them taste better, which is harmful for our health and increases our waistlines.
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There are many complications once you get diabetes as in the future can result in reduced mobility, affects eyesight, kidney, nerves, etc. As you can see it isn't just the disease itself, but the health problems that can follow.
Many traditional sweets are high in both sugar and fat: jalebi, gulab jamun, kaju katli, ladoo, rasgulla, burfi, ras malai, etc.
Having these occasionally is fine. While these foods are delicious and a part of Diwali celebrations, they are best enjoyed in moderation, especially for those watching their sugar or fat intake and if you are at a risk of Type 2 Diabetes.
In my Diwali cooking class, I prioritise teaching how to make healthier swaps. By simply adjusting ingredients and cooking methods, we can enjoy our favourite festive dishes without worrying about the health risks. You will learn about portion sizes.
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Sujata Din is a Certified Health Coach and Certified Professional Cancer Coach. In this regular column for iGlobal, she offers some special insights, from useful wellness tips to recipes for creations that are not only delicious but also healthy.
*Info: Diwali Cooking Class