Why is a healthy diet so important for me?
A diet high in fibre, low in added sugars and salt, low in saturated fats, high in polyunsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats is suggested to help control your blood glucose levels and lower your risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. You should eat plenty of vegetables, two servings of fruit daily, wholegrains and lean meats. Remember to drink plenty of water.
The Mediterranean diet, low carbohydrate diet and plant-based diets all have been shown to help in achieving weight loss and achieving glycemic control. The Mediterranean diet has also been associated with a lower risk for cardiovascular disease.
Certain groups of people including pregnant or lactating women, children and people with kidney disease, are not suited for low-carbohydrate eating plans. It is always important to check with your doctor before making significant changes to your diet.