Diabetic friendly and not so friendly Filipino foods

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There are many Filipino foods that are diabetic-friendly, according to Filipino Diet for Diabetes. Fruits, vegetables, and legumes are okay for people with diabetes, but the problem lies in the way the food is prepared or how much is consumed. For example, it is healthier to cook fruits and vegetables in watered down sauces like estofado, rather than being cooked with large amounts of oil or sodium.

A diabetic friendly Filipino diet includes the following foods:
  • Ampalaya or bitter melon
  • Turmeric
  • Kangkong or River Spinach (morning glory)
  • Malunggay (horse raddish tree) or Moringa
  • Banaba (herbal remedy)
  • Berries
  • Duhat (Black plum)
  • Bignay or Chinese laurel
  • Bangus or Milkfish
  • Fish
  • Cashew Nuts, Oatmeal
  • Brown rice (replacing white rice)
On the other hand, here are Filipino foods that you should avoid:
  • Batsoy
  • Liver and other organ meat
  • Lechon (split-roasted meat)
  • Bagoong (condiment made from fish paste)
  • Bistek coated with sebo oil
  • Menudo
  • Sugar
  • Cakes
  • Decadent desserts

You will increase the risk of developing pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes if you continue eating large amounts of starches such as white rice, sugared meats, and rich desserts. Thus, keep in mind of this list, whenever you plan on eating your favorite Filipino dishes.