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What's a special diet? The normal answer would be food made specifically for people with special medical conditions. That is the perception most people have. Like special diet for people with diabetes, heart or kidney problems. Or people recovering from a surgery.
But that's only half the story.
There are indeed special diets for people with diabetes, heart or kidney trouble – and it is possible to create a suitable diet for just about any health condition. At MKMeals for instance, we have Diabetic-Friendly Meals, Low Sodium Meals and Meals for Seniors – each having an entire range of special diet meals made specifically for an existing medical condition.
But there are, too, special diets that have little to do with existing medical issues. An obvious example is our Seniors Special Diet Meals which is basically about a wholesome, carefully balanced diet created around the needs of advanced age. Less obvious are meals such as low sodium meals, low carb diets and, most famously, vegetarian diets.
Why are such diets important to perfectly healthy people? It turns out that eating a diabetic diet, for instance, helps you keep your weight down, keeps your heart healthy and gives you the proper daily amounts of the nutrients you need.
Special diets are about three things: managing existing medical conditions, reducing risk of acquiring certain health conditions and maintaining good health. Here are the main differences:
Diabetic diets emphasize low fat foods, fish and whole grains over white refined grains. It is about giving the body all the necessary nutrients so as to maintain the proper body weight while also preventing swings of sugar content in the system.
In other words, a diabetic diet is not just good for people with diabetes but also good for people with a pre-disposition to the condition. Of course, it is best to seek professional advice before embarking on such a special diet, especially if you plan to prepare your own food.
It therefore makes sense to have an eating habit that avoids unnecessary risks. That, mercifully, does not mean eating similar special diets as people with existing health problems or those with a pre-disposition to such conditions. But it does mean eating special diets as a matter of habit.