In Spain there are more than five million people with diabetes and, so that they can continue to enjoy the pleasures of good food, the Diabetes Research Center (CIBERDEM) and the Alícia Foundation, which Ferran Adrià presides, with the collaboration of ESTEVE , have created a non-profit project that teaches diabetics to choose and prepare food so that the menu of each day is attractive and balanced.

On the website www.diabetesalacarta.org a team of professionals such as experts in nutrition and dietetics, doctors, researchers, nurses and chefs, among others, has contributed with their experience and knowledge to teach patients simple recipes and easy to prepare, which does not require a lot of time to cook, and among which you will find both traditional dishes adapted to your nutritional needs, as well as creative or international menus. In the recipe book there are from typical Spanish dishes such as marmitako and paella valenciana, to a Risotto of barley with vegetables and mushrooms or a couscous with millet, in addition to a wide variety of desserts that have fruit as the main ingredient.

They propose simple and easy-to-make recipes, among which you will find both traditional dishes adapted to your nutritional needs, as well as creative or international menus

Another great advantage of the page is the possibility of consulting the amount of carbohydrates that contain various foods, since these substances are directly related to the increase in blood glucose levels. And it proposes, in addition, a simple way to calculate your intake thanks to what they call the 'dish method' which consists of dividing into four parts a standard size dish and filling it with two parts of salad or vegetable (foods that have very few carbohydrates), a part of proteins (meat, eggs or fish) and a part of flours (pasta, legumes, rice, potatoes or bread).

Dr. Ramón Gomis, Scientific Director of CIBERDEM, believes that a correct diet is key to prevent the onset of diabetes, and treat the disease, and believes that if patients control the amounts of food they take, taking into account their nutritional contribution, They can eat almost everything. And precisely this website aims to ensure that their daily menus are balanced and varied, to facilitate compliance with the diet and avoid possible complications.

Source: Center for Biomedical Research in Diabetes Network and Associated Metabolic Diseases (CIBERDEM)

The National Diabetes Prevention Program — Changing Lifestyles to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes (November 2019).