Diabetic free Carb foods

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In diabetes meal planning, blood sugar control is the main goal. Typically, people with diabetes are advised to follow carbohydrate-controlled diets in order to minimize blood sugar spikes and manage their disease. Since many foods contain carbohydrates, this can be a challenge. One must learn not only which foods contain carbohydrates, but how to control those portion sizes and divide the carbohydrate foods appropriately into meals and snacks for the day. During this process of learning and planning, you may also hear about "free foods." In the diabetes world, ''free'' foods are defined as foods (or drinks) that contribute a very small amount of carbohydrates and are also very low in calories. There are two categories of ''free'' foods.

Category #1: Even though this group is called "free, " people with diabetes cannot eat them with reckless abandon (the name is slightly misleading). Rather, these foods are considered "free" because when eaten in specified portions, they do not need to be added to a person's allotted carbohydrate amount for a meal or snack. That's because these particular foods, although they may contain a small amount of carbohydrates, have a very minimal impact on blood sugar levels.

  • In order for a food or drink to be in this category (and not count as a carbohydrate food in diabetes meal planning), it must contain fewer than 5 grams of carbohydrates and less than 20 calories per serving.
  • These foods should be limited to no more than 3 servings per day, spread throughout the day. If all three servings were eaten at the same meal or snack, the food would in fact impact (raise) your blood glucose levels. Refer to the serving sizes listed in the charts below--not the food label--to measure proper serving sizes.
  • Remember: Carbohydrate and calorie content were the criteria used for these listings. These foods were not selected because of a certain nutrient aspect or health attribute. Continued ›

2004-01-05 16:43:00 by everbeen

Sugar free does not equal low carb

I have a friend who is diabetic so I've had to research this a bit. lots of these sugar free foods are actually high in carbs. You might want to consider a low carb sweet, not just sugar free. My friend was eating lots of sugar free stuff and her diabetes got worse. Then she switched to a low carb diet, lost a lot of weight and has decreased her insulin by half.

2011-04-07 13:55:04 by stevieBcanyon

Those sugar free foods are quite expensive and

Have such a poor flavor that I'd have a hard time living on them.
After a lot of research, I've learned how to cook 'diabetic' so that nearly noone suspects the recipe has be altered or tweaked.
I don't get complaints about my food unless I burn it.
Diabetics are usually taught by their endocrinologist and registered diabetic dietitian how to plan meals, count carb and fat grams, when to eat and how the foods interact with the meds they might be on.
Most of the diabetics I know and I (as a type 2)practice portion control and consider sugars as a part of our diets

Why you should eat fruit -- not drink it -- to lower diabetes risk  — Today.com
Consuming whole fruits at least three times a week may lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new long-term study published Thursday in the British Medical Journal.

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