A diet for any type of diabetes should be low-carb. This will allow you to control blood sugar levels within the normal range and to protect the body from the effects of a "sweet" disease.
All foods are selected according to the glycemic index (GI), but the calorie content should not be neglected. Since one of the common causes of diabetes of the second type is obesity, mainly of the abdominal type.
The endocrinologist tells the patient about the approved foods that form the basic diet. Often, forgetting to pay attention to extra food, such as nuts. Although their importance is undervalued by many doctors.
Below will be considered the concept of GI, whether it is possible to eat pine nuts with diabetes mellitus, their benefits and the daily consumption rate.
Glycemic Index of Pine Nuts
The glycemic index reflects the effect of any product after its use on the level of glucose in the blood. That is, the rate of splitting carbohydrate-containing food. The lower this figure, the safer the food for the patient.
In the process of cooking Guy can increase slightly, but not critical. The only exception is carrots, which have a fresh index of 35 IU, and in a boiled one, 85 IU.
Diabetic juices are forbidden, even from fruits with a small index. With this treatment, fiber is lost, which is responsible for the uniform flow of glucose into the blood.
The index is divided into three scales:
- from 0 to 50 IU - low, such products are essential in diet therapy;
- from 50 to 69 units - the average, food is allowed several times a week;
- from 70 IU and above - such food is prohibited, as it can cause a sharp rise in blood sugar.
When choosing food, you should pay attention to their caloric content, as high-calorie foods lead to obesity and the formation of cholesterol plaques.
Nuts have a low rate, but they are high in calories, regardless of what kind of nuts. Diabetes is allowed such nuts:
- cashew nuts;
Walnut and pine nuts in type 2 diabetes have the greatest benefit to the body, saturating it with amino acids, vitamins and microelements.
So, the pine nut has GI of only 15 U, the caloric value per 100 grams of the product will be 637 kcal.
The benefits of cedar nuts
Pine nuts in diabetes mellitus type 2 are of great health benefit to the patient. They are half made of protein, which are better absorbed by the body than protein derived from chicken meat.
These nuts contain 19 amino acids, a number of vitamins and minerals. All of them are directed positively to the functioning of the body functions. Eating pine nuts is better for half an hour before the main meal. This is explained quite simply - this product simulates an increased production of the hormone cholecystokinin, which sends impulses to the brain to saturate the body. It turns out the effect of saturation with small portions of food.
It is better to eat cedar nuts before breakfast, as this food is high in calories. And the physical activity of a person just falls on the first half of the day. You should not combine the intake of nuts and protein foods (meat, fish) to avoid over-saturation with proteins.
Cedar nuts contain such beneficial substances:
- 19 amino acids;
- vitamin A;
- vitamin E;
It is noteworthy that cedar nuts in diabetes are absorbed almost 100%. Their daily use in moderate quantities can saturate the body with many vitamins and trace elements.
With the constant presence of this product in the menu, the patient receives the following benefits for the body:
- blood process improves;
- increased visual acuity;
- prevention of atherosclerosis, a frequent companion of many patients with "sweet" disease;
- regeneration of damaged tissues is accelerated, and this is one of the common problems of diabetics;
- adjusts the endocrine system;
- increases the body's resistance to infections of various etiologies, at the cellular level;
- cedar tinctures help to remove kidney stones;
- serves as a prevention of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.
Pine nuts for diabetics can be used both in pure form and to prepare a variety of healing tinctures.
You must know that the nutritional value is carried exclusively by unpeeled seeds.
Insist pine nuts for diabetics only vodka or alcohol. If you decide to be treated with tincture, you should definitely notify the endocrinologist and constantly monitor blood sugar levels.
It must be remembered that alcohol can cause delayed glycemia. To avoid this, the tincture should be taken on a full stomach or during a meal. Cedar tincture is a healing tool, but not an everyday drink.
Preparing tinctures only from high quality raw materials. But how to choose it? The answer is quite simple - the shell is dark brown in color, other colors may indicate a long storage of the product. Before cooking any tincture, pine nuts in the shell must pour boiling water in order to get rid of the specific smell.
Tincture is prepared as follows:
- 300 grams of nuts, wash and rinse with boiling water, drain the water;
- place the product in a glass container;
- pour nuts 500 ml of vodka or alcohol;
- insist in a warm place for ten days.
This tincture will improve immunity in diabetes and cleanse the blood. Take cedar drink with meals half a tablespoon, three times a day.
The course of treatment will be up to thirty days.
Dishes with Pine Nuts
With diabetes, this nut can be served as a standalone product, and you can make a variety of salads and sauces. Below will be described the most popular and fast cooking dishes.
Bean salad with nuts and served warm and cold. It will be an excellent full-fledged breakfast for the patient and will give a feeling of fullness for a long time. It is also allowed to use in the post.
All salad products have a low GI, so they will not affect the level of glucose in the blood. Dressing used from olive oil. Its taste can be supplemented with herbs and vegetables, pre-insisting oil on them for twelve hours in a dark place. Such ingredients are often used for tincture of oil - garlic, chili pepper, thyme.
To make a bean salad you will need the following products:
- boiled red beans - 200 grams;
- 2 tablespoons of cedar nuts;
- wine vinegar - 2 tablespoons;
- coriander seeds - 1 tsp;
- two cloves of garlic;
- one onion;
- bunch of dill;
- olive oil for frying;
- salt, ground black pepper - to taste;
- pomegranate for decorating dishes.
Fry the onions until ready, add the boiled beans to it, salt and pepper, stew under the lid for several minutes. After pouring pine nuts, coriander seeds and garlic passed through the press. Pour the vinegar. Fry for three minutes, stirring constantly.
Put the salad in a bowl, sprinkle with chopped parsley and pomegranate seeds. This salad will perfectly complement the festive menu for diabetics of any type.
The video in this article tells you how to choose the right quality pine nuts.