Here’s a question received from FOODPICKER.org
Friday nights my family & I have dinner at our favorite pizza restaurant. Now that I’ve been diagnosed with diabetes I don’t know what to order. Could you help me with what (if anything) I can order?
First I would like to start off by showing some statistics about pizza:
- Americans eat approximately 100 acres of pizza each day or about 350 slices per second.
- Pizzerias represent 17 percent of all restaurants.
- Pizza is a $30 billion per year industry
- Pizza accounts for more than 10 percent of all food sales.
- Sixty-seven percent of Americans order pizza for a casual evening with friends.
- Each man, woman and child in America eats an average of 46 slices or 23 pounds of pizza a year.
Remember, when being diagnosed with diabetes, it is important to make changes to your old habits and lifestyle that you may have had prior to developing diabetes. If you want to live a long and healthful life, you must stick to a healthy, active lifestyle. Eating out can be very stressful for people with diabetes because of the pressure of ordering super size portions and unhealthier foods when arriving to these places. Pizza is a favorable food by many people and is definitely one of America’s top picked choices to eat. You can still incorporate pizza into your diet when you have diabetes, but it is a food that you would want to choose less often. There are some healthy elements and toppings that you can put on a pizza such as vegetables, but that doesn’t necessarily make it healthier for you. The pizza dough is full of simple carbohydrates that are full of sugars and that ultimately affect your blood sugar levels to rise. Tomato sauce is also important to keep your eye on because it is also filled with these “hidden” sugars. When choosing to eat pizza every once in awhile, it would be beneficial to order a salad along with it and skipping extra cheese as well as high fat toppings. Also, choosing thin crust options is important to cut out some of the carbohydrates. If you choose not to order pizza, some other options to keep in mind is to choose dishes in either a broth or tomato based sauce rather than a rich cream sauce. Also, asking for butter on the side for many of the dishes is important to keep in mind because it can lower the fat content of a meal a whole lot. Grilled fish or meat would be a good option and asking for vegetables on the side instead of pasta would also be a good idea. Avoiding pasta dishes, bread and high fat sauces is extremely important when eating out. Planning ahead before getting to the restaurant and letting your family members know how important is for you to stick to your diet is key to being successful when eating out. The key point to remember is eating foods in moderation and keeping your sugar levels under control can lead you to be a healthy and successful diabetic.