Eating Pimento Cheese in Diabetes: Is it SAFE or Not?

Short Answer: Pimento cheese is bad for diabetes because it has high amounts of fat, sodium, and calories that can increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney damage, eye damage, and poor blood glucose control.

Diabetes is a condition that affects your pancreas, which is an organ that produces a hormone called insulin.

Insulin helps your cells use glucose, which is a type of sugar that comes from the food you eat, for energy.

In diabetes, your body either does not make enough insulin or cannot use it properly.

This causes glucose to build up in your blood, which can lead to various health problems, such as nerve damage, kidney damage, eye damage, heart disease, and stroke.

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 fruits, vegetables, and whole grains and avoid refined carbohydrates like white bread, pasta, and rice.

You should also limit your intake of saturated fats like butter, cheese, and red meat and choose unsaturated fats like olive oil, nuts, and fish.

Additionally, you should moderate your consumption of sugar and salt and drink plenty of water.

Now, pimento cheese is a type of cheese spread that is made with cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, pimentos (red peppers), and sometimes other ingredients like cream cheese, garlic, or spices.

People usually eat pimento cheese as a dip with crackers or bread, or as a sandwich filling.

Pimento cheese is bad for diabetes because it contains high amounts of fat, sodium, and calories.

One ounce (28 grams) of pimento cheese can give you 8.8 grams of fat (14% of your daily needs), 404.8 milligrams of sodium (17% of your daily needs), and 106 calories¹.

Fat can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke by raising your cholesterol and blood pressure levels.

Sodium can also raise your blood pressure and cause fluid retention.

Calories can contribute to weight gain, which can worsen your insulin resistance and blood glucose control.

Furthermore, pimento cheese is a dairy product and dairy products are not recommended for people with type 1 diabetes.

Because they can trigger an autoimmune response that damages the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas.

People with type 2 diabetes should also limit their dairy intake because they can increase inflammation and insulin resistance.

That’s why I suggest you limit your pimento cheese intake to avoid complications like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, stroke, kidney damage, and eye damage.

Stick to no more than one ounce (28 grams) per day to minimize the negative effects on your blood glucose levels.

Also, you shouldn’t eat pimento cheese if you have lactose intolerance or a dairy allergy to prevent symptoms like bloating, gas, diarrhea, nausea, or hives. Because these conditions can impair your digestion and absorption of nutrients and cause inflammation and immune reactions.

You can buy pimento cheese in most grocery stores or make it at home with low-fat cheese and mayonnaise.

Always choose brands that have less fat, sodium, and additives. Because these ingredients can affect the quality and nutrition of the product.

You can store pimento cheese in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Finally, remember that 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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