Eating Chicken Gizzard in Diabetes: Is it SAFE or Not?

Short Answer: Chicken gizzard is good for diabetes because it has protein and iron and they can help regulate blood sugar levels and prevent anemia.

Diabetes is a condition that affects your blood sugar levels and how your body uses insulin.

Insulin is a hormone that helps glucose, a type of sugar, get into your cells to be used for energy.

In diabetes, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin, doesn’t use insulin properly, or both.

This can lead to various health problems, such as heart disease, kidney damage, nerve damage, eye problems, and infections.

One of the key factors in managing diabetes is diet.

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

To effectively manage diabetes, you should consume fiber-rich foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and avoid sugar-rich foods like sweets, sodas, and pastries.

Fiber helps slow down the digestion and absorption of carbohydrates, which can prevent spikes and drops in blood sugar levels.

Sugar, on the other hand, can quickly raise your blood sugar levels and increase your risk of complications.

Now, the chicken gizzard is a muscular organ that helps grind up food in the digestive tract of birds.

People usually eat chicken gizzard cooked in various ways, such as boiled, fried, or grilled.

Chicken gizzard is good for diabetes because it contains protein and iron.

Protein can help you feel full and maintain muscle mass.

Iron can help prevent anemia, a condition where you have low red blood cell count or hemoglobin levels. Anemia can cause fatigue, weakness, and poor wound healing.

One cup of cooked chicken gizzard can give you about 44 grams of protein (88% of your daily needs) and 4.6 milligrams of iron (26% of your daily needs).

Protein can help regulate blood sugar levels by slowing down the release of glucose into the bloodstream.

Iron can help transport oxygen to your cells and tissues, which can improve your energy and metabolism.

Furthermore, chicken gizzard is a low-carbohydrate food and carbohydrates are the main factor that affects blood sugar levels.

Because chicken gizzard has little or no impact on blood sugar levels, it is a good choice for people with diabetes.

You can eat up to one cup of cooked chicken gizzard per day safely. More than that can cause excess protein intake, which can strain your kidneys and liver.

Excess protein intake can also increase your risk of dehydration, gout, and calcium loss from bones.

Also, you shouldn’t eat chicken gizzard if you have high cholesterol or triglycerides to prevent heart disease.

Because chicken gizzard is high in cholesterol and saturated fat, which can raise your blood lipid levels and clog your arteries.

You can buy fresh chicken gizzard in your local market or order it online.

Always choose organic or free-range chicken gizzard to avoid hormones and antibiotics. Because hormones and antibiotics can disrupt your hormonal balance and immune system.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, and stress management, 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.

About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

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

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