Is Chinese Food Good for Diabetes? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Chinese food is good for diabetes because it contains low-glycemic index foods like brown rice or cauliflower rice and lean proteins like skinless chicken or tofu.

Chinese food is a type of cuisine that offers a wide variety of options for people with diabetes.

Diabetes is a condition that affects your blood sugar levels by causing your body to produce insulin or insulin resistance.

In diabetes, your body cannot use glucose (a type of sugar) as a source of energy properly.

This can lead to various health problems, such as complications in the eyes, kidneys, nerves, heart, and blood vessels.

One of the key factors in managing diabetes is diet.

What you consume can affect your blood glucose levels, which can impact your diabetes symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage diabetes, you should consume low-glycemic index foods like brown rice or cauliflower rice, lean proteins like skinless chicken or tofu, and steamed dishes.

You should also avoid sugary sauces, pork, duck, or beef dishes as these can increase blood glucose levels.

Now, Chinese food is a type of cuisine that uses various ingredients such as rice, noodles, vegetables, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and spices.

People usually eat Chinese food in restaurants or at home with different sauces and seasonings.

Chinese food can be good or bad for diabetes depending on the portion size and the type of ingredients used.

Some examples of healthy Chinese foods to eat when you have diabetes are:

Steamed fish with ginger and scallions

Egg foo young

Moo shu chicken or pork

Stir-fried chicken with vegetables

Shrimp and vegetable stir-fry

Beef and broccoli

Moo goo gai pan

Buddha’s delight (jai)

Steamed ginger soy fish

These dishes are all low in carbohydrates and rich in lean proteins and non-starchy vegetables which are beneficial for those counting carbohydrates.

Additionally, they include plenty of non-starchy vegetables like bok choy, Chinese broccoli, watercress, and mushrooms which are beneficial for those counting carbohydrates.

I hope this answer helps you understand how to enjoy Chinese food while managing your diabetes.

Remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management and essential medical care is key to managing diabetes effectively.

I always recommend my diabetes patients to follow a diabetes-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

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About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutritionist in West Bengal, India, with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemistry.

He has done his diploma in nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc (US), and completed various certification courses from several universities. He also has considerable research experience in PCOS.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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