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Healthy Tips for Living with Diabetes

Healthy Tips for Living with Diabetes

The key to better health for diabetics is eating a balanced diet. Follow these tips to help you find foods and meals that will help you manage blood sugar levels.

1. Avoid added sugars.

  • Use artificial or low calorie sweeteners in place of sugar in tea and coffee.
  • Limit cakes, cookies, candies and other sugary baked goods.
  • Look for this tag:

Limited in sugars, contains no more than 35g of carbohydrates per serving and is made with whole grains or contains at least 2g of dietary fiber per serving.

2. Eat good fats, avoid bad fats.

Because diabetics are at a higher risk for heart disease, you should replace bad fats with healthier ones that protect your heart.

  • Avoid trans fats, which are found in some processed foods. Read the nutrition facts label on foods to check. Zero trans fat is best.
  • Read ingredient labels, and avoid foods containing partially hydrogenated oils.
  • Choose heart-healthy fats, like nuts and seeds, olive oil, canola oil, salmon and avocados.
  • Look for this tag:

Contains 1g or less of saturated fat per serving. Meals and main dishes contain 2g or less of saturated fat per serving.

3. Choose high fiber, whole grain foods.

Foods high in fiber can help lower cholesterol and make you feel fuller. This will help prevent overeating, which will help maintain good blood sugar levels and help you lose weight.

  • Whole fruits, vegetables, whole grains, brown rice, oatmeal, 100% whole wheat bread, beans and legumes are naturally high fiber foods.
  • Look for this tag:

The first ingredient listed is whole grain,or if water is first, whole grain is the second ingredient. 

Contains at least 2.5g of fiber per serving and 3g or less of fat.

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Printed on July 23, 2014 at 7:46 pm