Healthy Eating
October 24, 2017 By Rosie Schwartz, RD
Enjoy delicious DIY Indian food

Indian food is enjoyed by many Canadians as well as those of South Asian descent. The food is made up of a variety of traditional cuisines that differ from region to region, from Punjabi to Bengali. However, these traditional foods can be problematic when it comes to diabetes management and prevention—especially for South Asians, one of the groups at high risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

Chef Siva Swaminathan, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was 40 years old, and who is cofounder of Diabetes Canada’s South Asian diabetes chapter, explains, “People back home [in India, where she was born] eat many courses for the major meal of the day, with many of them being very carbohydrate-based. Just an ordinary lunch may be three or four courses, with each containing a carb-rich choice.” In addition to the high carb count, traditional meals can also contain a lot of fat, both of which can contribute to weight gain, which in turn can increase the risk for diabetes as well as heart disease. So, what’s the solution?

To learn more about healthy Indian cuisine, plus get recipe ideas, including our latest recipe video, read Enjoy delicious DIY Indian food—without the guilt in the Autumn 2017 issue of Diabetes Dialogue now. Click here for other Diabetes Dialogue articles. Subscribe now for just $24, and have each issue delivered directly to your inbox!

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