Diabetes and Protein Intake

This is a question that I received on FOODPICKER.org

Q:  Since I’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, a lot of people have given me advice about how much carbohydrate and fat to eat.  I’m wondering about protein.  How much protein should I get in my diet and from what foods besides meat?   

This is a great question!!  People with diabetes are always getting bombarded with information regarding carbohydrate intake, but it is important to be aware of the guidelines for intake of the other macronutrient groups as well.

As long as your kidneys are in good health, you can consume 10-20% of your daily caloric intake from protein.  This is the same amount of protein that is recommended for individuals without diabetes.  In fact, research indicates that protein can help slow down the absorption of carbohydrate in people with well-controlled diabetes.  That means that consuming protein and carbohydrate  in the same meal could help keep your blood-glucose levels lower!    

It is important to limit your intake of meats that are high in saturated fat such as beef and pork.  Some healthier sources of animal protein include poultry, fish, and egg whites.  If you would like to add more plant proteins to your diet, beans and soy products are great choices.  Soy is a complete protein, so tofu is an excellent meat substitute.  

                                                                                              

 There are all kinds of delicious ways to prepare tofu!

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Hello world!

My name is Lindsay, and I am a Nutrition Editor at http://FOODPICKER.org .  It is a website that helps people with diabetes to make more informed food choices, and it features a database of thousands of foods.  Although the site is geared toward those with diabetes, it contains nutrition information that can be very useful for planning any healthy diet, and can be a great aid in diabetes prevention for anyone who thinks that they may be at risk.  The foods we eat have a direct impact on our health, so it is important that we use the tools available to us to make more informed diet choices.

Diabetes education is a subject of great interest to me because my mother was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes a couple of years ago.  Learning to live with the disease can be a major lifestyle change, and it can be very difficult to break those old eating habits.  

I will be answering questions here that have been sent to foodpicker.org.  Most will be questions about diabetes, but I will be discussing general nutrition topics as well.  I am excited to share the knowledge that i have obtained through my own nutrition education and research. 

Stay tuned for my next post!

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