10 Tips For Living Healthily With Type 2 Diabetes

By Hannah de Gruchy / Nutrition / June 20th, 2022

9. Choose dairy products mindfully

Choose dairy products mindfully

Dairy products including whole, full fat milk, cheese and butter contain relatively high amounts of saturated fat. We need some level of fat in our diet for energy, the production of certain hormones and the absorption of the fat soluble vitamins, A, D, E and K.

Saturated fat, such as that found in dairy products (and other animal products such as red meat) can lead to an increase in blood cholesterol levels. If you have type 2 diabetes, you’re already at a higher risk of also having high cholesterol.

So, opt for low fat dairy options such as skimmed milk, low fat yoghurt and low fat cottage cheese. (Just watch out for high sugar levels sometimes found in low fat yoghurt.)

You could also try some dairy free alternatives that are naturally lower in fat, such as oat milk or cheese alternatives made from soya. Some cheese alternatives made from nuts can be just as high in fat – it does tend to be healthier unsaturated fat, but still only eat them in moderation.

Opt for low fat dairy products or dairy free alternatives to help reduce your intake of saturated fat.


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