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Food & Diet

Diet is extremely important in controlling diabetes and in general leading a healthy life. The Quran and the Sunnah encourage moderation in eating and drinking. Allah says:

"Eat and drink, but do not go to excess: for He does not love people of excess." 

 (Quran, Surah al-An'am [Cattle], 6:141)

Your diet should include plenty of fruits and vegetables, such as okra, aubergine and chickpeas. Frying food needs to be avoided, an alternative would be to grill or steam food.

The Prophet himself would generally eat light, balanced meals. For example, he and his wives had just dates and water for days on end, and only occassionally eating bread or cooked meat.

Foods recommended in the Quran include fruit, vegetables, lentils, fish, olives, figs, dates, garlic, ginger, milk and fruit juice.

Having regular meals is important when eating carbohydrates and these should be in moderate portions, especially when eating chapattis, pasta or potatoes. Basmati rice is a better option if you do cook rice. You should also cut down on red meat, replacing this with skinless chicken.

Why a healthy diet is necessary if you have Diabetes

The Prophet (pbuh) taught:  

"A few morsels of food are enough for a person to keep his spine upright. But if he must eat more, then the most should be: a third of his stomach for his food, a third for his drink and a third for air."

(Muwatta Imam Malik and other sources)

The Prophet (pbuh) also taught:


"The People who are stuffed with food most in this life will be hungry for the longest time in the Hereafter."