While not everyone diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes is overweight, obesity and lack of physical activity are the two most common causes of Type 2 Diabetes, according to the Center for Disease Control. These factors are also responsible for approximately 90 to 95 percent of diabetes cases in the United States.
Insulin is a hormone release by the pancreas to help your body store and use any sugar you introduce to your body through food. Diabetics either do not produce any insulin, do not produce enough insulin, or their body does not respond appropriately to the insulin that is being produced. This is called “insulin resistance” (www.webmd.com/diabetes/type-2-diabetes-guide).
The sugar eaten by a person with Type 2 Diabetes is not able to reach the cells in the body where it’s intended to go. Instead, there is a build-up of sugar in the blood stream causing damage to several areas of the body.
Weight loss is a typical treatment for people with Type 2 Diabetes because excess fat increases a person’s insulin resistance. If you do have diabetes, it’s important to be aware of what you are eating while trying to lose weight. According to Dr. Erica Oberg, a doctor of naturopatic medicine, and a master of public health, the best foods to eat for Type 2 Diabetes include complex carbohydrates like brown rice, quinoa, fruits, vegetables, and beans.
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Snapper with Tomato-Caper topping
- 2 cups halved grape tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons capers, drained
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoons dried or 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
- 4 (6-ounce) snapper or grouper fillets (about 3/4 inch thick)
- Cooking spray
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 1 lemon, cut into 4 wedges
- Preheat oven to 450º.
- Combine first 6 ingredients and crushed red pepper, if desired; set aside.
- Place snapper on a broiler pan lined with aluminum foil; coat foil with cooking spray. Sprinkle snapper with paprika; coat with cooking spray. Bake at 450º for 10 minutes.
- Top snapper with tomato mixture; bake 5 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Sprinkle with parsley, and serve with lemon wedges.
|Calories per serving:||215|
|Caloriesfromfat per serving:||21%|
|Fat per serving:||4.9g|
|Saturated fat per serving:||0.9g|
|Monounsaturated fat per serving:||2.1g|
|Polyunsaturated fat per serving:||1.1g|
|Protein per serving:||36.1g|
|Carbohydrate per serving:||5.8g|
|Fiber per serving:||1.7g|
|Cholesterol per serving:||63mg|
|Iron per serving:||1.4mg|
|Sodium per serving:||391mg|
|Calcium per serving:||85mg|