Is Fried Fish Good for Diabetes? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Fried fish is bad for diabetes. Because it has unhealthy fats, sodium, and carbohydrates and they can increase your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, weight gain, and high blood glucose levels.

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

In diabetes, your body either does not produce enough insulin or does not respond well to it.

Insulin is a hormone that helps your cells take up glucose from the blood and use it for energy.

This can lead to various health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney damage, nerve damage, and vision loss.

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 fiber-rich foods like whole grains, fruits, and vegetables and avoid refined carbohydrates like white bread, pasta, and sweets.

Now, fried fish is fish that is cooked in hot oil, usually with a coating of flour, bread crumbs, or batter.

People usually eat fried fish as a main dish or a snack, often with chips, sauces, or salads.

Fried fish is bad for diabetes because it contains unhealthy fats, sodium, and carbohydrates.

Fried fish can increase your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and weight gain, which are common complications of diabetes.

Fried fish can also raise your blood glucose levels, especially if it is breaded or battered.

A 3.5-ounce serving of fried fish can give you about 250 calories, 15 grams of fat (4 grams of saturated fat), 60 milligrams of cholesterol, 300 milligrams of sodium, and 15 grams of carbohydrates (0 grams of fiber).

Fat can affect your blood cholesterol levels and increase your risk of heart disease.

Saturated fat can raise your LDL (bad) cholesterol and lower your HDL (good) cholesterol.

Cholesterol can clog your arteries and impair your blood circulation.

Sodium can increase your blood pressure and strain your kidneys.

Carbohydrates can raise your blood glucose levels and make it harder to control your diabetes.

Furthermore, fried fish is a type of fried food and fried foods are bad for diabetes.

Because, frying can change the structure of the oil and make it more harmful to your health.

Frying can also destroy some of the nutrients and antioxidants in the fish.

That’s why I suggest you limit your fried fish intake to avoid these possible complications.

Stick to one serving or less per week to minimize the negative effects on your health.

Also, you shouldn’t eat fried fish if you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease to prevent further damage.

Because fried fish can worsen these conditions and increase your risk of stroke or heart attack.

You can buy fresh fish in your local market or can order it from online.

Always choose fish that is firm, moist, and shiny.

Because these are signs of freshness and quality.

You can store them in the refrigerator for up to two days or in the freezer for up to six months.

Instead of frying, you can bake or grill your fish to make it healthier and tastier.

You can also season it with herbs, spices, lemon juice, or vinegar to add flavor and reduce the need for salt or sauces.

Finally, 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.

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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