By Anna Kiff
Eat to Beat Diabetes: 300 Scrumptious Recipes to Help You Enjoy Life and Stay Well is a new cookbook published by Reader’s Digest. The variety of recipes is based on the CDA/ADA food exchange regime that many newly diagnosed diabetics follow. The majority of the recipes are “low-carb”, with the nutritional breakdown included with each entry.
This book may be attractive to people with diabetes that are looking for recipes low in carbohydrates. I have been watching my carbohydrate intake more carefully since going onto the pump and reeducating myself in my eating habits. Personally, I tend to eat more vegetables then carbohydrates when eating my main meal. According to this book, a diabetic should plan their meal to be 1/2 vegetables on the plate, then the remaining 1/2 should be 1/2 starch and 1/2 protein.
The carbohydrates within these recipes generally remain under 20g per serving; with some lower. The occasional recipe is slightly higher, reaching up to 56g, for example. The important factor to remember when seeing this is that the serving size of the dish is for 4 people, rather than just one. If you wish to eat less carbs, have a smaller portion then indicated. One recipe I know I would like to try is a light rye bread recipe, which contains only 15g of carbohydrates per slice.
Located at the back of the book is a detailed explanation of the different types of diabetes, written in a format that can be understood by the everyday person, without too much technical jargon. This section goes into detail on how food works on our blood sugars as well as weight maintenance. There is a daily food and health tracker along with a suggested meal plan for one week that a reader may choose to follow as well.
One factor that could be improved upon with this cookbook is that information for some people with diabetes who weigh their food in order to get a more accurate carbohydrate count was not shown. The only information provided is through the "each serving provides" category. This is sufficient unless the user inaccurately estimates a serving size, which may result in taking too much insulin and then having a hypo or visa versa.
So, if you would like a good cookbook to check out - diabetic or non-diabetic - you will be very surprised if you think we eat a bland and boring diet! The recipes in this book are something that you might find at a posh little restaurant - without all the fuss of some other recipe books.