Can I eat fried fish once or twice a month?
While broiling is a much healthier cooking method, it is probably okay to treat yourself to fried fish 1-2 times a month. When you are diagnosed with diabetes, it usually means you need to make some healthy changes to your diet. But living with diabetes doesn’t mean you have to feel deprived or restricted.
Treating yourself once in a while is okay, but you still need to account for any extra calories, fat, and carbohydrates in your meal plan. Be sure to eat healthy, nutritious foods throughout the rest of the day. Also, don’t go overboard. Stick to eating a standard portion of fish which is about 3 ounces or the size of the palm of your hand.
The American Diabetes Association recommends limiting saturated and trans fats in the diet. These types of fat are sometimes called “unhealthy fats ”. When you fry food, you are adding several grams of unhealthy fats and many more calories to your meal. When you decide to fry your fish, try cooking it in a pan in a small amount of vegetable oil. Avoid using a deep fryer to cook fish and other foods. Also – remember that when you add any breading or batter to the fish to make it crispy, you are adding carbohydrates which will cause a rise in blood glucose.
There are also several other healthy cooking methods. Have you tried baking, poaching, or grilling fish? You can also flavor your fish with different herbs and spices or top it with salsa or another sauce. Don’t be afraid to be creative, and be open to trying new things. There are many ways to enjoy your fish without frying it. Check out some of our recipes for ideas:
If you want more diabetes-friendly recipes, you may be interested in the American Diabetes Association’s Seafood Cookbook.
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