Diabetic food is recommended food for the people with diabetes. The diabetic food is often referred as diabetic diet. Diabetes is metabolic disorder in which, the level of blood sugar is high for prolonged time. It is due to either body is not producing enough insulin or body cells are not responding to insulin produced. Once diagnosed, one should take proper treatment for diabetes otherwise it may cause many complications like stroke, kidney diseases, damage to eyes or foot ulcers.
Diabetic food has key importance in prevention and treatment of diabetes. The diabetic food is low in saturated fat and sugar, high in fiber. Diabetic food includes variety of vegetables, whole grain food and fruits. Some studies have shown that the vegetarian food is higher in fiber, hence it reduce the absorption sugar in bloodstream. However some dietitians suggest eating fish, as some types of fish contains omega-3 fatty acid which helps in lowering blood fat. Diabetic food is consumed by the obesity patient for reducing the body weight and diabetic patients to keep the balance of blood sugar level.
As per World Health Organization, 422 million people were affected with diabetes. In 2015, the global diabetic food market was estimated approximately US$7.4 billion. It is expected to reach US$11.3 billion, with compound annual growth rate of 5.9% during the forecast period of 2016 to 2022. The increasing demand of junk food and stressful lifestyle has led the growth of diabetes. However, growing awareness towards diabetics, rising demand for the prevention of diabetes and awareness of healthy lifestyle among the young generation are major factors driving the global diabetic food market.
Easy availability of diabetic food and Discretionary income positively impact the growth of diabetic food market. On the other hand, comparatively high price of the diabetic food products are hampering the growth of the market. The use and consumption of the preservatives and artificial sugars that increase the absorption of calories might cause high blood sugar level. This might obstruct the diabetic market growth.
The major key players in the market are Uniliver, The Coca-Cola Company Nestle Golden Farm Candies, Cadbury, Newtrition plus Health and Wellness Pvt. Ltd., Amber Lyn, Sushma Gram Udyog, Kellogg, Mars, PepsiCo, David Chapman’s Ice Cream Limited and Fifty 50 Foods Inc. The manufacturers like amber lyn offers sugar-free, zero cholesterol, zero milk products, zero preservatives, zero trans-fat, gluten free sweets and chocolates for diabetic patients which taste like any other dark chocolates. Sushma gram udyog offers differt varieties in beverages and low fat foods. The market is classified according to applications as, Confectionary, Ice Creams and Jellies, Dietary Beverages, Snacks, Baked Products, Dairy Products, Others. Geographically, market is segmented into various regions which are North America, South America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, latin America, middle-east, Africa.