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[Health Tips] Nigerian soups, swallows, snacks, drinks for diabetes patients

Diabetes mellitus is a medical condition characterised by clearly elevated blood sugar levels.

It happens when insulin production is insufficient and/or body cells do not respond properly to insulin.

Diabetes mellitus’s most common clinical manifestations (symptoms) include frequent urination, intense thirst, unusual weight gain or loss, fatigue, and numbness in the hands and feet.

TYPES OF DIABETES MELLITUS

Type 1 Diabetes: This occurs due to impairment in the production of insulin as the body does not produce insulin.

Type 2 Diabetes: Here, the body does not produce sufficient amount of insulin for proper functioning or utilization by the body cells.

Gestational Diabetes: Just as the name implies, it occurs during pregnancy. In this case, the blood sugar level in high in a pregnant woman. This usually call for urgent medical attention to avoid complications.

NIGERIAN FOODS GOOD FOR DIABETIC PATIENTS.

Nigerian soups

  • Vegetable soup
  • Okra soup
  • Edikan Ikong
  • Waterleaf soup
  • Ogbono soup
  • Egusi soup
  • Afang soup
  • Gberi Soup
  • Ewedu

Staple foods (swallow)

  • Wheatmeal
  • fufu
  • Guinea corn meal
  • Pounded Unripe plantain
  • Amala

Stews and sauces

  • Tomato stew
  • Garden egg stew
  • Shredded chicken sauce
  • Shrimp sauce
  • Fresh Fish sauce or stew
  • Smoked fish sauce

Low carb meals

  • Brown basmati rice and stew
  • Unripe plantain porridge
  • Moi Moi
  • Boiled plantain with stew
  • Roasted plantain with fish sauce
  • Plantain with beans porridge
  • Beans and whole wheat bread

Healthy snacks

  • Garden eggs with peanut butter
  • Coconuts
  • Boiled groundnuts
  • Akara balls
  • Tiger nuts
  • Nigerian pear

Comfort foods

  • Isi ewu
  • Nkwobi
  • Cow leg
  • Cow tongue
  • Fish pepper soup
  • Chicken pepper soup
  • Snail pepper soup
  • Peppered snail
  • Liver sauce
  • Gizzard pepper soup

Healthy drinks

  • Zobo without sweeteners
  • Guinea corn (Dawa)
  • kunu
  • Millet (joro)
  • Unsweetened yoghurt
  • Tigernut drink (Kunu Aya)
NOTE

A high-protein, low-carb breakfast is the best option for diabetic patients.

WHAT YOU SHOULD AVOID AS A DIABETES PATIENT
    •  Fried foods
    • Sugar sweetened beverages
    • Canned foods
    • White bread
    • Pasta
    • White rice
    • Fruit flavoured yogurt
    • Flavoured coffee drinks
    • Honey
    • Fruit juice

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