Gluten-free and diabetic foods
Some people are faced with certain dietary restrictions; two of the most important diets are gluten-free food and food for diabetics.
A gluten-free diet is intended primarily for individuals with allergies to wheat, celiac disease, Duhrin’s disease, as well as other disorders related to an intolerance of gluten or other substances in cereal grains.
A gluten-free diet is rich in protein, with a low content of fat and carbohydrates. Products containing gluten (barley, wheat, rye and oats) are not permitted. These ingredients should be replaced by corn, rice or soy. The BONA VITA line of products is naturally gluten-free (Soya Cubes, Soya Noodles, Soya Granulate, Soya Steaks, Soya Beijing Noodles, Soya Granulate with Ham Flavour, Soya Big Steak, Crisp Bread Corn, Organic Crisp Bread Corn, Crisp Bread Cheese, Crisp Bread Buckwheat, Rice Cakes, Rice Cakes with Chocolate, Rice Cakes withYoghurt, Organic Rice Cakes, Soya Drink Natural, Soya Drink with Vitamines, Soya Drink with Cream Flavour, Buckwheat Drink, Rice Drink, Active Milk).
Suitable foods for a gluten-free diet include:
• hard and homemade cheese, cream
• smoked meat
• meats like ham, saddle, etc.
• organs (liver, kidney, lungs)
• fruit, vegetables
• rice, corn, soy and buckwheat
• fats, sugar
• spices, salt, pepper
• coffee, tea, cocoa
Foods that must be avoided in the gluten-free diet include:
• semolina, peeled barley, oat grouts
• barley, oat, wheat and rye flour
• other products containing barley, oats, wheat and rye.
Diet for diabetics
The treatment of diabetes requires both medicine and a proper lifestyle. All diabetics should respect the principles of how much to eat and what not to eat.
Adhering to a diet requires not only knowledge about the amounts and types of foods that can be eaten and when, but also changes to prior eating habits.
BONA VITA produces several products that are also suitable for diabetics (Corn Flakes with 0% of added Sugar, Soya Cubes, Soya Noodles, Soya Granulate, Soya Steaks, Soya Beijing Noodles, Soya Granulate with Ham Flavour, Soya Big Steak, Crisp Bread Corn, Organic Crisp Bread Corn, Crisp Bread Graham, Organic Crisp Bread Graham, Crisp Bread Cheese, Crisp Bread Buckwheat, Rice Cakes, Organic Rice Cakes, Wheat Cakes, Organic Wheat Cakes).
The generally acknowledged principle is that diabetics should eat smaller portions more frequently – five to six times a day. Diabetics that still have some of their own insulin reserves should save their pancreas by dividing their permitted amount of food into small portions, so that the remaining production of insulin is not depleted. On the other hand, diabetics that are dependent on insulin injections must adjust the amount of food during the course of its effect. Large portions could lead to excessively high blood sugar levels as the result of the weak effect of insulin (especially in the case of insulin with extended effects). In the opposite case, not eating could bring about a hypoglycaemic state.
Today there is a move away from the strict reduction of certain components of food. The diabetic diet should include all components of food, including a certain amount of fat. When fat is cut from the diet the number of foods containing sugars grows.
Types of food that make dietary measures more difficult are undesirable. Theses include foods high in calories, which make it difficult for obese individuals to lose weight: fatty cheeses, smoked meats, mayonnaise and whipped cream.