Doctors and research centers are now recommending plant based foods and certain animal foods which are beneficial to the reduction of blood sugar levels in diabetics. Among the foods which were recommended are: broccoli, spinach, green beans, strawberries, salmon, lean meats, sparkling water, and cinnamon.
Diabetics Care, a research magazine, published a recent study on a group of diabetics who were fed a vegan diet and found 42% to be less likely to need medication after consuming the vegan diet. This compared to 26% who consumed a diabetic diet recommended by the American Diabetes Association. A vegan diet consists of plant based foods such as vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, and grains. The doctors who did the research on this control group also found that cholesterol levels were lower and that people lost more weight by following a vegan diet.
In a separate report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is now recommending a plant based diet citing the green house gas effects caused by farm animals which release methane gas during their digestive process. The Environment Protection Agency has concluded that this process is harmful to the environment. On the other hand, plant based foods do not pose a threat to the environment.
It is quite a challenge to change ones diet. I can remember when I first eliminated meat from my diet, it took six months for me to stop craving it. It has been 25 years of not eating red meat and twelve years of not eating white meat and I can honestly say I do not crave meat. Although it smells good when I am around people who eat it, I have more of a craving for the health vegan foods. However, I still eat tuna and salmon for the protein supply and the omega 3 fatty acids.
Anyone who has not changed their diet or prefers to eat meat can still acquire better health by taking food supplements such as Herbalife, which removes toxins from the body and aids in supplying nutrients for better nutrition in any diet.