Healthy Eating for Diabetics

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 â€‹Choices 


  • Sugary foods like cookies, cakes and candy.

Try Instead:

  • 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.

Try Instead:

  • 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.

Try Instead:

  • 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. 

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