Health Notes #32

Diabetes and Fat Consumption

One of the biggest discoveries over the last few years is that the overabundance of fats consumed is a major contributor to the rise in diabetes.

How can this be? A high fat diet elevates blood sugar by coating the cell membranes. This prevents insulin from finding entrance into the cell to decrease the glucose levels. As the glucose levels build up, the pancreas produces more insulin to meet the apparent need. But the insulin is ineffective on the coated cells, and the working balance of the body is thrown out of rhythm.

In recent clinical studies it was demonstrated that a person could be made a diabetic within hours by a large intake of fats. It was also shown that this condition could be reversed.

How? By an appropriate diet, low in fats and high in complex carbohydrates with plenty of fiber, and, of course, proper calorie consumption and proper nutrients.

The original diet God gave man to eat was fruits, nuts, grains, and later vegetables (Genesis 3:18). The only oils were in their natural state: nuts, seeds, avocados and whole grains.

Later, after the flood, He said that they should eat neither fat nor blood. (Lev. 3:17 and 7:23). This instruction was never changed throughout the Bible. It was intended for the good health of His children throughout all generations, even for today. It is interesting to note that cheese is the concentrated fat from the animal.

God gave us guidelines to follow for healthy living. He wants us to be in good health. He doesn't want to see us suffer because we have slowly, almost without noticing, adopted the customs of this changing world. This is why He has made our bodies to rejuvenate when we learn what is right and try our best to follow.

Take a quick look at your food consumption and see if there is something that you can change for the better. Talk it over with your family and decide together that you would like to take that step, whatever it is, toward better health habits. You will definitely be rewarded for doing so. Your mind will become clearer and you will be ready to take another step toward the recovery God intended for all His people.

Here are some hearty main dish soups. Eat with lots of fresh vegetables and whole grain bread, toast, or crackers for a complete meal.

Garbanzo Noodle Soup

1/2 c. chopped onion
1-1/2 c. whole grain pasta
3 c. water
3 T. country-style seasoning
1 T. dried or 2 T. fresh parsley
1-1/2 c. cooked, drained garbanzos

Saute onions until soft. Add water, pasta and seasoning. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium until noodles are soft. Add garbanzos and parsley. Heat briefly and serve.
Yield: 5-1/2 cups.

Simple Split Pea Soup

8 c. water
2 c. dry split peas
2 bay leaves
1-1/2 T. onion pwd.
2 c. chopped onions
1 tsp. garlic pwd.
2 c. chopped celery and/or carrots
2 tsp. salt

Put first two ingredients into a pot. Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for one half hour. Add remaining ingredients and simmer covered for one hour. Remove cover and simmer for 30 more minutes. Stir occasionally.
Yield: 9-1/2 cups.

Corn Chowder

3 c. water
1-1/2 c. chopped onions
3 c. cubed potatoes
2 c. whole kernel corn
1/2 c. or more lima beans
1-1/2 tsp. salt
1-1/2 tsp. onion pwd.
1 tsp. dill weed
1-1/2 tsp. garlic pwd.

Cook onions and potatoes together in the water until tender. Blend these ingredients in a blender. Add the remaining items in the same large kettle. Simmer for several minutes to blend flavors. For extra richness, you may blend in 1 cup mayonnaise just before serving.
Yield: 6 cups.

Why not try a Vegetarian BLT--

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