Eating Healthy with Diabetes
You don’t have to sacrifice your target blood glucose levels to enjoy some of your favorite foods. Here’s how to eat healthy with diabetes, whether you’re cooking at home, or eating in a restaurant.
Carbohydrates and your blood glucose
Carbohydates break down in the body creating glucose, a main source of energy. Counting the carbs you eat at every meal and pairing them with the correct dosage of insulin can keep your blood glucose level closer to normal range.1 It also allows you to eat a wider variety of foods. In fact, your diet can accommodate any food in moderation, so you don’t have to give up the food you love.
Many foods are on the good-for-you list, but these are healthy for people with diabetes, because they have low glycemic index (GI) (Low GI food does not cause blood glucose to raise rapidly)2
- International Diabetes Federation. Diabetes education module 2.2b, 2011: Nutrition Part 2
- American Diabetes Association. Diabetes Superfoods. Available at: http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/what-can-i-eat/making-healthy-food-choices/diabetes-superfoods.html Accessed 19 April 2017