Most people know that someone with diabetes shouldn’t eat a whole bag of candy bars, but there are other foods that can have the same effect on blood sugar levels and overall health of a diabetic person. If you’re new to diabetes-friendly cooking or eating, you may be surprised to learn a few things.
- Diabetics should limit carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are the same as sugar when they’re processed by the body.
- Whole grains are best, but when it comes to foods like white and brown rice, the recommended serving size is the same for both types.
- Fats can have an effect on blood sugar. Go with low-fat dairy products and lean cuts of meat. Butter and olive oil are the fats of choice. Opt for baked or grilled preparations over fried.
- Don’t forget about natural sugars in fruit, honey, milk (lactose), etc.
- Watch food labels for total carbohydrates when managing your meals and serving sizes.
- Choose sugar and brown sugar substitutes that work for you.
- Remember that sometimes the cooking process or preparation can concentrate the natural sugars (for example, baked potatoes and dried fruit).
Moderation and substitution can allow diabetics to enjoy most foods like everyone else. Please consult with your physician or a certified nutritionist for ideal nutrition guidelines for your personal health and condition.
7 Great Diabetes-Friendly Recipes
- Fresh Fruit Smoothie
- Pumpkin Cheesecake Dip With Apples and Pears
- Spinach Salad With Raspberry Vinaigrette
- Fire and Ice Tomatoes
- Cilantro Lime Chicken
- Ginger-Soy Flank Steak
- Blueberry Swirl Ice Pops
What are your favorite diabetes-friendly recipes? Let us know in the comments.
About the Author: Becca blogs about her adventures in the kitchen and around the house at BettyBecca.com.