Cooking methods may influence the risks associated with health. A University of Illinois study found that cooking methods using high temperatures (grilling, frying, and broiling) are risky, producing advanced glycation end products (AGEs), playing a role in the development of diabetes-related complications.
AGEs are sugar-derived substances produced naturally in small amounts by your body. With diabetes, there are higher concentrations of AGEs (increased levels of glucose).
Many studies tend to lump processed meats. It would be interesting to see a study showing true grass fed meat and game vs. any other dietary pattern.
Food buying & prep tips:
* Choose thin, lean cuts of meat that require less cooking time.
* Cook at lower temperatures and using moist heat techniques: Steam, boil, poach, or stew foods.* Cut off the charred / blackened pieces before eating.
* If you choose to use the grill, be sure to clean off any charred remains on the grilling rack before cooking.
* Marinate foods in acidic liquids, such as lemon juice and vinegar, rather than sugary sauces, to reduce AGEs.
* Opt for fish instead of meat
* Remove skin when cooking poultry because it chars easily.
* Turn meat often, every 30 to 60 seconds, to avoid charring.
10 Super foods to fight diabetes
Close to 26 million Americans have diabetes and 79 million more are at risk of developing diabetes. It is important to consider a proper diet along with exercise.
The American Diabetes Association chose its 10 best super foods for both Type 1 and 2 people with diabetes as outlined in the USA Weekend article.
These foods contain nutrients, such as calcium, potassium, magnesium and vitamins A, C and E, fiber.
2. Dark, leafy green vegetables.
3. Citrus fruits.
4. Sweet potatoes.
7. Fish high in omega 3 fatty acids.
8. Whole grains.
10. Fat-free milk and yogurt.
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