What are the Nigerian foods for Diabetics? What should a Nigerian diabetic eat? What Nigerian foods should diabetes milletus patients avoid? Are there low sugar Nigerian diets for diabetics? What is the meal plan for diabetes patients?
This article also covers more than 50 Nigerian food ideas for diabetics….
Being diabetic is not easy especially in Nigeria. The main problem of being diabetic is knowing the right food combinations. For a Nigerian diabetic or an African diabetic, our diets contain a lot of sugar or starch. Our quest for Nigerian foods without sugar or low sugar could be arduous or at best confusing.
Nobody including health care providers have been able to successfully draft up a comprehensive Nigerian food timetable for diabetic patients. Also during consultions, Endocrinologists, because of their work load, almost always do not have time to sit with their patients for long in order to discuss a diabetic food plan.
Nigerian diabetics end up resorting to the internet for guidance and counselling on low sugar diet as evidenced by the following google searches below which I will try as much as possible to answer.
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“is fufu good for diabetes?”
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Now to answer these queries, the underlying principles of diet management in diabetes is to: avoid sugary or starchy foods (low carbs diet), avoid fatty meals, eat plenty vegetables, eat fruits, run away from alcohol, flee from smoking, and drink plenty of water.
Comprehensive list of best Nigerian foods for diabetic patients
This list contain African or Nigerian foods that a diabetic should eat or avoid for better glycemic or sugar control.
- Bitter leaf soup is good for diabetic patients and helps reduce body sugar
- Water leaf soup contains low sugar
- Afang soup is very good for sugar control.
- Ewedu soup should be in your food plan
- Avoid yam or pounded yam. It contains too much sugar. Yam or pounded yam is not ideal for diabetics
- Egusi soup is a controversial meal for diabetics. While some recommend it, others believe it contains too much sugar. In my opinion, foods that are controversial are best avoided.
- Green leafy vegetables are perfect for you
- Amala from unripe plantain is highly recommended for diabetic patients.
- Unripe plantain must be in your menu
- Do not eat ripe plantain because it contains too much sugar.
- Avoid red meat
- Eat fish please-any type
- Do not eat cow intestines- “shaki”, ring, or “round about”
- Eat liver
- Kpomo or cowskin is good for you
- No beer
- No dry gin, liquor or spirits
- No coke
- No Fanta
- No Sprite
- No Seven Up
- No pepsi
- No Mirinda
- Youghurt should be in your meal plan
- Eat cocoyam or pound it for soup
- Please no sweet potatoes
- Irish potatoes is perfect for diabetics
- You can drink Amstel malt and only Amstel because of its low sugar Please avoid other malt drinks.
- Say no to Eba
- Eat sea foods
- Eat snails
- No buns, egg roll, meat pies or junks
- If you want to eat chicken 🐔 or turkey 🦃 please peel or the back skin before eating. Their skins contain a lot of fats.
- No smoking
- White soup is good
- Oha soup is perfect
- Eat rice but in very small amount
- Eat beans but in very amount
- For swallow, please eat wheat
- Do not eat any other bread 🍞 apart from wheat bread
- No sugar cane
- Take oranges
- Eat apples
- Do not eat mango because of its high glycemic index.
- Corn is good
- Irish Potato is good
- You can eat groundnut soup if you enjoy it
- Eat small bananas
- No spaghetti
- Tuwo shinkafa, and tuwo masara is good for diabetes
- Eat bush meat
- No sharwama
- Pap and milk with no sugar is OK
- Three Crowns Milk is the best for diabetics
- Small beans is OK but if it disturbs you stop eating
- You can eat tomato stew
- Do not eat starch please
- Banga soup is ok 👌 for diabetics
- Periwinkles are perfect for you
- Eat pepper soup with goat meat or fish
- Eat goat meat
- Semovita is good but low quantity
- Poundo yam is nice but low quantity
- Eat guava fruit
- Eat garden egg or igba
- You can eat quacker oats
- Eat plenty of vegetable soup
- Eat ofada rice, it has low glycemic index
- Soyabeans is good
- Eat Avocado pear
- No pineapple or in small quantities
- Eat water melon in small quantities
- Eat plenty of carrots
- Eat plenty of cucumbers
- Ogbono soup is good for sugar control
- Okra soup is recommended
- Eat shrimps or crayfish
- Eat millet (Joro)
- Drink Kunu
- Drink dawa (guinea corn)
- You can eat cow leg
- Eat walnuts
- Eat tiger nuts (Hausa groundnuts)
- Eat coconut
- Wheatmeal swallow
- Zobo is good
- Eat Akara balls
- Eat chicken gizzard
- Isi ewu in small quantities
- Chop onions
- A little of water yam is ok
- Moi moi
- Eat spinach
- Avoid any kind of butter
- No energy drinks
- Don’t eat cakes, chocolates
- Eat eggs but reduce the quantity. At most 2 eggs a week if you want to eat at all
- Use vegetable oil to cook
- Take fruits juices with low sugar
- Edikan Ikong
- Fibre biscuits is ok
- Ginger supplements in food
- Avoid refined sugar or sugar of any type
- No macaroni or spaghetti, too starchy
- Black soup is perfect for diabetics. It reduces blood sugar and good for glycemic control.
- Okporoko stock fish is recommended for diabetics.
- No herbal concoctions please
- Take soursop fruit
- African almond (Agbalomo) is good for diabetes patients
- A little of banga rice please
- African pear( small small pear) is good for you
- You can eat fuku (cow lungs)
- Cow tongue is good
- Eat cow penis or testis
- Do not eat tapioca
- Add uziza and utazi to your diet. . They help lower blood sugar.
- Bitter leaf soup…is cool
- Take little akamu with honey
- Guinea corn is good for diabetes
- Fruits for diabetic patients in Nigeria: apples, avocadoes, tomatoes, soursop, grapefruit, garden eggs, blackberries, peaches, plums, oranges, figs, cherries, raisins, strawberries, blackberries,
- As a diabetic, do not eat fruits like water melon, pineapple, dates, pawpaw, mango, banana because of their high glycemic index and can spike your blood sugar to high levels.
- Eat groundnut
- A diabetic can drink ijebu garri…..yes a diabetic can eat garri but not eba sha.
- Eat tiger nuts
As a diabetic, eat but with moderation, feel free to say no when offered food especially high carbohydrates diet in parties, from friends or family 👪 . Take charge of your health.
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