Yesterday, I watched the Dr. Oz show on TV and heard him recommend a nutritious breakfast consisting of a bowl of oatmeal with walnuts and a banana. Not a bad idea. Oatmeal lowers cholesterol and walnuts are a good source of healthy fat. Bananas are loaded with potassium which will lower blood pressure.
But what Dr. Oz didn’t take into consideration is that bananas are a high glycemic food that will raise the blood sugar of diabetics. Bananas and oatmeal in the same meal would provide too much sugar for someone with Type II diabetes.
Update, Nov. 26, 2010: I have changed my mind about bananas since I learned from another Dr. Oz show that bananas contain the same chemical that is found in pineapple, which helps arthritis. I don’t know how to spell the name of the chemical and I am too lazy to look it up. To take care of the problem of bananas being full of sugar, I just add a sprinkle of cinnamon which helps people with Type II diabetes to process sugar.
Back to my original post:
In the Chinese Yin-Yang method of eating, bananas are extreme Yin and should not be eaten by someone who has a Yin disease such as diabetes. Also, bananas should not be eaten in parts of the country which are cold in winter. In other words, if bananas can’t possibly grow where you live, don’t eat them. That’s according to the Chinese rule of eating healthy. (Did you ever see a banana served in a Chinese restaurant?)
Diabetics have to pay attention to the glycemic index and not eat too many foods that are high glycemic — such as bananas. Avocados have more potassium than bananas and they also contain healthy fat. I modify the Dr. Oz menu by substituting a couple of slices of avocado for the banana, and sprinkling a bit of cinnamon on the oatmeal. Cinnamon works just as well as drugs for controlling Type II diabetes.
For people who live alone and don’t want to cut up an avocado every time they want to eat just a little bit, you can buy fresh guacamole and keep it in the fridge. Then just eat a couple of spoonfuls instead of a banana for breakfast. I live where avocados grow and where you can find prepared guacamole in every grocery store. People who live in North Dakota, and also have diabetes, might have to find another high potassium food for the perfect breakfast.