Healthy Nigerian Meals For Diabetic Patients
Diabetes, often referred to as diabetes mellitus, is a long-term condition that causes high blood sugar level. It occurs when insulin production is inadequate and/or the body cells do not respond properly to insulin. Its most common symptoms include frequent urination, intense thirst and hunger, unusual weight gain or weight loss, fatigue, male sexual dysfunction, and numbness in hands and feet.
Diabetes has different types:
- Type 1 Diabetes where the body does not produce insulin.
- Type 2 Diabetes where the body does not produce an adequate amount of insulin for proper function.
- Gestational Diabetes also exists, which affects females during pregnancy.
Being diabetic doesn’t restrict you to eating boring or bland foods as there are many healthy, fun meals which are less likely to increase the blood sugar level.
Here’s a list of healthy local foods which can be enjoyed on a diabetic menu:
Nigerian soups: Vegetable soup, Okra soup, Edikan Ikong, Waterleaf soup, Ogbono soup, Egusi soup, Afang soup
Staple foods (swallow): Wheatmeal fufu, Guinea corn fufu, Unripe plantain fufu
Stews and sauces: Tomato stew, Garden egg stew, Shredded chicken sauce, Shrimp sauce, Fresh Fish sauce or stew, Smoked fish sauce
Low carb meals: Brown basmati rice and stew, Unripe plantain porridge, Moi Moi, Boiled plantain with stew, Roasted plantain with fish sauce, Plantain with beans porridge, Beans and whole wheat bread
Healthy snacks: Garden eggs with peanut butter, Coconuts, Boiled groundnuts, Akara balls, Tiger nuts, Nigerian pear
Comfort foods: Isi ewu, Nkwobi, Cow leg, Cow tongue, Fish pepper soup, Chicken pepper soup, Snail pepper soup, Peppered snail, Liver sauce, Gizzard pepper soup
Healthy drinks: Zobo without sweeteners, Guinea corn (Dawa) kunu, Millet (joro) kunu, Unsweetened yoghurt