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Sandwich Spread and Diabetes

Posted on December 13, 2012 | No Comments on Sandwich Spread and Diabetes

Carb counting is an activity the diabetics often engage with in order to watch out their diet and control the nutrition and sugar that they need to regulate in their bodies. Eating sandwiches is one way option for diabetics to get a quick, simple and portable meal option. In eating sandwiches, a typical spread used is the sandwich spread which comes in different flavors like ham, tuna and bacon among others. Generally, one serving of sandwich spread is good. This spread has low cholesterol which is approximated at 58 calories. Moreover, the sandwich spread is also a great source for other nutrition such as Folate, Phosphorus, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Magnesium, Copper and Manganese, among many others. A complete listing of the nutritional benefits of the sandwich spread can be seen in the label including the standard dietary prescriptions. In eating the sandwich spread, diabetic patients should look out for the added sugar and sodium in the spread. Sandwich spread is usually high in sodium or salt approximately 150 mg. Sodium is not necessarily bad but it triggers thirstiness and tend to retain water in the body, which is bad for diabetics.

While sandwich spread is ok for diabetics to eat in their sandwiches, it is also advised to put it in moderation because sandwich spread is a essentially processed food with preservatives and a lot of sodium. An excessive amount of sodium can lead to high blood pressure. There are alternatives to eating the spread such as by using whole-wheat pita or lettuce leaves instead of bread. In this way, the carbs that one gets from the bread is removed. Moreover, one can also opt to avoid eating sandwich spread and replace it with natural sandwiches such as tuna or chicken instead.

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