TLC Diet, What is it?
Those diabetics with too high cholesterol levels will most probably be given a “TLC” diet. TLC diet for diabetic will assist to lessen the eating of food rich in cholesterol. Besides this ”TLC” diet, the diabetic will be advised to reduce weight and have more physical activities. Reading labels on food can assist you in understanding the amount of fats and cholesterol in the foods you consume.
The following are requirement of a TLC diet.
- The amount of fat consumed each day must be less than 35 percent of the total calories consumed.
- Out of that 35 percent or less fat eaten each day, saturated fat must not be more than 7 percent.
- Out of the same 35 percent or less fat consumed a day, not more than10 percent ought to come from polyunsaturated fats which comprises of vegetable oils and margarines.
- Of the 35 percent total fats eaten, only 20 percent is allotted to monounsaturated fats from plant sources.
- The TLC diet allows carbohydrates consumption to a maximum 60 percent of the total calories eaten each day.
- 20 to 30 grams of fiber from barley, beans, psyllium, and oats should be eaten each day.
- 15 to 20 percent of the total calories consumed should come from protein.
- There ought to be not more than 200 milligrams of cholesterol intake per day.
Lowering Risks of Complications for Diabetics.
Diabetics have greater risks of complications such as stroke, heart disease, and health problems with the capillaries. The risks of such complications can be lessen by good management of blood pressure and reduction of fat intake. (see Diabetes Complications)
Reducing the consumption of saturated fats, getting more exercise each day and using medication can bring down LDL Cholesterol. Studies made have concluded that such methods do lessen diabetics” risks of heart diseases such as a heart attack which can be fatal.
Cholesterol Overview -Video Guide
Sweeteners Without Calories.
To reduce the calories brought by table sugar, there are sweeteners which contain no calories as they are artificial sweeteners. Using such artificial sweeteners can sweeten your life without adding any additional calories to your food and drinks in your diabetes diet.
However, foods using artificial sweeteners do contain carbohydrates. As such, it is necessary to look at food labels to know their calorie content so that you can manage your blood glucose levels well.
With awareness of the carbohydrate content of your foods, you can either add or reduce your food or medication to control your blood glucose levels. “Sugar free” means only non-calorie sweeteners have been used but the food itself do have carbohydrates that can raise your blood glucose level.
The following are Artificial Sweeteners:
- Other sweeteners which have no nutritional value.
- Saccharine should not be taken by women who are pregnant or breast-feeding.
- Aspartame ought not to be used by phenylketonuria patients. The chemical processes in the body that converts food of such patients for body building and other functions cannot make use of phenylalanine which is an amino acid usually found in most proteins.
- There are a few artificial sweeteners, like xylitol, sorbitol and mannitol, which contain calories and can raise blood glucose levels a little.
- The ADA (American Diabetes Association) warns that excessive consumption of an artificial sweetener can result in gas and diarrhea.