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Cooking class offers tips for diabetes-friendly meals

Diabetes is serious, but people with diabetes can live long, healthy lives. You can, too, by taking good care of yourself, and that includes sticking to the proper diet.

When you eat, your body changes food into glucose; the blood glucose level goes up. A good diet dampens this rise. The best diet for a person with diabetes is like the best diet for anyone. Such a diet is low in fat, has moderate amounts of protein and is high in starches, like those in beans, vegetables, and grains such as cereal, noodles and rice.

Selecting and preparing foods that are low in sugar, fat and sodium can be a real challenge. The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is offering the Right Bite: The Cooking School for People with Diabetes and Those Who Love Them. The cooking school will be held Thursday, Nov. 16 at the Thomson-McDuffie County Library from 6 to 8 p.m. The class is open to anyone interested in preparing food with less fat, sugar, cholesterol and sodium.

The cooking school will include desserts, main dishes and side dishes. Food preparation will be demonstrated and participants will actually sample a mini-meal prepared for them in their presence.

The dessert segment of the cooking school introduces the use of artificial sweeteners, using sugar in the diet and use of occasional foods. The main dish segment discusses use of lower fat cuts of meat, fish and poultry and reduced-fat and reduced-sodium food preparation. The side dish segment of the program discusses healthy ways to prepare traditional southern vegetables and the importance of vegetables and fruits in the diabetic meal plan.

Participants will learn healthier food preparation methods and receive recipes and valuable information on managing their meal plan. Those attending the cooking school will also learn how to buy and use foods that help them to cut the fat, cholesterol, sugar and salt in their diets while increasing their fiber intake. And everyone will sample dishes prepared at the cooking school.

To register for the Right Bite Cooking School call 706-595-1815.

There is no cost but registration is required by Monday, Nov. 13.

Web posted on Thursday, November 02, 2006

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