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Could a low-fat plant-based diet help diabetes control?

If there’s one topic that gets people with diabetes excited, it’s diet. Those who believe in low carb really believe in low carb. Those who believe in a ‘moderate carb with fruit’ diet really believe in it. We have had a number of heated discussions on Diabetic South Africans about which diet is best for diabetics… The answer? It’s a personal decision. But here’s another diet to consider: the low-fat, plant-based whole food diet.

What is a low-fat plant-based whole food diet?

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We wanted to share information about the low-fat, plant-based whole food diet, and how it might help diabetes control. So we spoke to Cyrus Khambatta from Mastering Diabetes – watch the interview below. Cyrus and his partner Robby have written a New York Times bestselling book about their innovative approach to living with diabetes, and reversing insulin resistance.

The book cites more than 800 scientific studies. They both have Type 1 diabetes and have seen amazing results from cutting out all animal products and nearly all fat from their diets, and replacing them with whole fruits and vegetables, and intact whole grains (like quinoa and brown rice). The result? A diet much higher in carb but much lower in fat.

Watch the video interview

In this interview, we ask Cyrus:

  • How it’s possible to get enough protein from eating largely fruit and vegetables, and no animal protein (not even dairy or eggs, often acceptable as part of a vegetarian diet).
  • The difference between a low-fat, plant-based diet and a vegan diet.
  • How eating so many carbs (sometimes up to 150g of fruit and vegetables per meal) doesn’t spike blood sugar.
  • Why the diet has to be so extreme, and why there can’t be a happy middle ground.
  • How this could work in a family context with young children.
  • To explain how insulin resistance is at the root of all diabetes.
  • To discuss why intermittent fasting is such an essential part of their programme.

Win a copy of Mastering Diabetes

Curious? You can find out more at their website – – or comment below to enter our giveaway. We have a copy of Mastering Diabetes to give away to one lucky Sweet Life reader. Simply comment on this post and tell us what you think, and we’ll randomly choose a winner on 1 October 2020.

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  1. Nicolette Hill Nicolette Hill

    The book called “Mastering DIabetes” offers an interesting perspective. THis would be a great add to my collection and would afford me the opportunity to pass this information to my diabetic clients.

  2. Jeanelle Smuts Jeanelle Smuts

    This book offers you amazing tools for your toolbox to manage your diabetes. Whether you have type 1, type 2 or type 1.5, it offers insane knowledge about how to make carbohydrates an ideal part of your life, while reducing insulin resistance. I’m 31 years old now, diagnosed with type 1 at age 7. From that age, I’ve been advised between low-carb, low-GI, keto, banting, literally anything you can think of. Nothing lowered my hbA1c. Once I followed the Mastering Diabetes method, I started seeing physical results. I’ve often said, once I get to heaven I will be able to enjoy as many mangoes as I want to. I’ve got my piece of heaven, right here with me on earth now! I would love to have this book!

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