Savor the Flavor of Ethnic Food

Whether you’ve had diabetes for years or you are newly diagnosed, you’ll be happy to know diabetes doesn’t prevent you from enjoying a variety of ethnic dishes you’ve grown up with. However, some recipes may benefit from a little tweaking to reduce saturated fat and calories. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers tips on how to cut down on fat while savoring the flavor of traditional family fare.

“Family recipes are usually passed down from one generation to the next, so many of us hesitate to tinker with perfection,” says Cordialis Msora-Kasago, a Los Angeles-based registered dietitian nutritionist and a national spokesperson for the Academy. “I encourage my clients to experiment with cooking techniques and flavors to put their own healthy spin on family dishes.”

“Try baking instead of frying your chicken or pork chops,” Msora-Kasago says. “Look for ways to lighten up your dishes and enjoy the natural flavors of food.”

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