Diabetes Menu with Guest Chef, Virginia Hill
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Virginia Hill is a recognised authority on microwaving and cooking for people living with diabetes in Australia. She runs the 'Cooking Centre', a Melbourne consultancy that advises and educates commercial organisations and individuals. Virginia is heard weekly on Radio 3AW Melbourne.
There are nearly a million Australians with diabetes, so most of us now know someone with the disease.
For the many people newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes (mature onset, non-insulin dependent diabetes) this means an adjustment to their eating behaviour to ensure blood sugar levels stay within recommended boundaries.
Today, good quality scientific research supports recommendations that the best diet for people with diabetes contains a wide variety of foods, which means people with this disease are able to eat and enjoy contemporary foods, with some adjustments.
For instance, the diabetic diet needs to include plenty of wholegrain breads and cereals, vegetables and fruits into a daily menu, whilst only small amounts of fat, especially saturated fats, are recommended.
This means limiting cakes, biscuits, butter, chips, takeaway fried foods and full cream dairy products.
Contrary to the myth to the sugar is the worst thing for people with diabetes you will need to note that fat is far worse. In fact, a moderate amount of sugar and sugar containing foods maybe eaten and it's okay to include your favourite sweetener to make meals more enjoyable.
For heavy-handed salters, only small amounts of salt should be added to food, so try seasoning with a variety or peppers, lemon juice, garlic and fresh herbs to add flavour.
It goes without saying that only a moderate amount of alcohol should be included in a diabetes diet.
The good news is a diet which is good for people with diabetes is good for everyone, so I've created a flavourful menu to convince you.
Crumbed Pesto Mushrooms
Warm Mustard Chicken Salad
Baked Cherry Cheesecake
Virginia's current book, The Ultimate Diabetes Cookbook, was written in conjunction with dietician, Lorna Garden and is endorsed by Diabetes Australia. Click here to read a review.
Last updated: July 15th, 2003
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