Eating your way to good health is important to help ward off diseases or control one, such as diabetes.
Making healthy food choices is more important than ever, with research showing that eating sensibly can help the body. With this in mind, Beat Diabetes, a community-focused initiative by the GCC region’s leading retail and hospitality conglomerate Landmark Group, has joined forces with a team of chefs to create 40 healthy and hearty recipes.
With more than 7,000 people in Oman diagnosed with diabetes every year and 1,200 adults dying annually from complications arising from the disease, it’s more important than ever for people to eat healthily.
Following a diet that could help combat symptoms of diabetes or keep the disease at bay is one way to accomplish this.
Promoting healthy eating is Nadia Parekh, founder of home-based catering company Mélange; and Nabih and Ghalia, home chefs and founders of Nabz&G. Together, they have created 20 healthy recipes each, based on Beat Diabetes Healthy Recipes.
Beetroot is one food that, although high in natural sugar content, can be beneficial to diabetics. The vegetable is high in fibre, potassium and folate, and the natural sugars are not converted into glucose too quickly.
A study published in the journal Nitric Oxide Society indicated that, since beetroots are high in nitrate content, they also help to improve cognitive function in diabetic patients if consumed for a fortnight at a stretch, according to www.thehealthsite.com.
Beetroot juice is also a rich source of betalain and neo-betanin. These are two nutrients that help to lower glucose levels, increase insulin sensitivity and prevent oxidative stress-induced changes in patients with diabetes.
Studies have shown that beetroot gives the best benefits to diabetics when taken in the form of juice. However, it’s better to have it in the morning so it can convert into glucose slowly and steadily and provide you with the energy you need throughout the day.
If you don’t wish to have the juice, include beetroot in your mid-morning salads or as a vegetable accompaniment during lunch. Avoid eating it at the end of the day.
Try this Beetroot Napoleon with honey-drizzled goat’s cheese, one of the Beat Diabetes initiative’s Homey’s Guide to Healthy Recipes.
It’s gluten-free, refined sugar-free and vegetarian.
Resting time: Overnight
(Source: Nadia Parekh of Mélange Dubai).