Healthy Eating for Diabetics
By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J., ACCESS Media Relations Specialist
November 17, 2015
The right diet can make a big difference for people with diabetes. Healthy lifestyle choices often begin with the food we eat, so paying attention to the nutritional value of our food is incredibly important. Below are some examples of foods that people with diabetes should avoid, alternative options that make for better choices and tips for developing good eating habits.
Healthy Eating Choices
- Sugary foods like cookies, cakes and candy.
- A piece of fruit is an excellent alternative when it comes to satisfying your sweet tooth.
- Sugary drinks like soda, energy drinks, sweet teas and fruit juice.
- Water, unsweetened teas, naturally flavored seltzer water and vegetable juice are healthier alternatives to glucose-rich beverages.
- White bread, white rice and "white" (bleached) flour.
- Whole grain bread, whole grain rice and foods made from whole wheat flour are healthier options than their "white," processed alternatives. Note: look for labels that say "whole wheat" or "whole grain" first on the ingredient list to ensure they are whole grain foods.
ACCESS can help you develop a diet that is right for you. Click here to schedule an appointment. You also can learn more about managing diabetes through ACCESS' free diabetes education classes. Click here for the class schedule.