People with diabetes urged to opt for
healthier curries during National Curry Week
PEOPLE with diabetes are being called
on to learn how to cook healthier curries to help manage their condition and
live healthier lives. With National Curry Week presently underway, ending on 16
October 2017, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust's 'DESMOND' Service which supports
people with Type 2 Diabetes is advising people with diabetes that they can still
enjoy a good curry while still eating healthy, and that attending a 'DESMOND'
sessions would provide participants with the knowledge and skills to manage and
improve life with Type 2 Diabetes.
Heather Platt, Diabetes Structured Education Coordinator at Lancashire Care NHS
Foundation Trust, said:- "Everybody loves a good curry and why shouldn't
they? People, however, need to realise that curries are not always as healthy as
they should be. Just by making a few simple changes, people can make a healthier
curry that is both tasty and delicious. This is particularly important for
people with diabetes or at risk of developing the condition. Attending 'DESMOND'
sessions can help people understand what diabetes is, make healthier food
choices, become more active and learn how to live well with diabetes. Our
service also advises on how to cook homemade curries using less fats and oils,
and adding more vegetables and pulses for a cheaper option such as chickpeas and
lentils. If you buy readymade curry from the supermarket use the food label and
traffic light information to make healthier choices."
The 'DESMOND' service has developed 10 top tips to make curries that are high in
flavour and low in calories:-
► Limit the amount of oil to 1 teaspoon per person (choose olive oil, rapeseed
oil and sunflower oil which are higher in unsaturated fats.)
► Use low fat crème fraiche, low fat yoghurt and fromage frais.
► Go veggie and add pulses such as chickpeas and lentils, which are a good
source of protein.
► Add lots of different vegetables which add colour and make up your
'5 a day.'
► Watch the salt.
► Tomato based curries are a great switch and need very little oil.
► Use fish to add omega 3.
► Reduce meat and use leaner cuts.
► Instead of fried rice or pilau, swop to boiled rice.
► Add more herbs and spices and reduce the extra salt.
Curry is a national favourite with over 9,000 restaurants in the UK serving
curries and millions of Britons who enjoy the dish. More information about
making curry and Asian food healthier can be found on the Diabetes UK website.
Lancashire Care is the local provider of a national programme called:- 'DESMOND'
that supports people living with Type 2 diabetes. 'DESMOND,' which is an acronym
for Diabetes Education and Self Management for On going and Newly Diagnosed.
Attending a 'DESMOND' session will help someone to understand how food, activity
and medication affect their diabetes control, what the long term risks of living
with Type 2 diabetes are and how an individual might reduce these risks.
To find out more, contact the 'DESMOND' Office on:- 01772 777620
or send an
Alternatively, speak to your GP, practice nurse or health care professional. For
general advice on any form of diabetes, call the Diabetes UK Helpline on:- 0345
123 2399 or visit:-