List of Diabetic foods to Avoid

When first diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, people immediately have questions regarding a list of foods for a diabetic to eat. They want to know which foods are safe to eat, and which foods they should stay away from.

With type 1 diabetes, the body produces no insulin at all. In Type 2 diabetes, the body either produces too little insulin, or the insulin that is produced is ignored by the body's cells. Either way, the body still requires insulin in order to use glucose to generate energy.

The body breaks down the sugars and starches to form glucose, which is what fuels the body for its energy. The insulin carries the blood sugar into the cells. If the glucose is allowed to accumulate in the blood rather than going into the cells, then that is when complications from diabetes come into the picture.

List of Foods for a Diabetic to Eat

The good news is, and this does surprise most newly diagnosed diabetics, you can pretty much eat anything, as long as you are sensible in your food choices. Just like any other diet targeting health and nutrition, things to avoid include:

* Excess sodium
* Excess sugar
* Excess fats (especially the bad fats)
* Excessive cholesterol

Foods you want to include in a diabetic diet include selections from the following groups:

* Fruits and vegetables
* Beans and nuts
* Non-fat dairy products
* Fish, poultry, eggs, and lean meats
* Whole grains
* Healthy fats (plant oils)

Expanding on the List of Foods for a Diabetic to Eat

Taking it a step further, if you want to super boost your diabetic diet, or any other diet for that matter, here are some other items to include on the list of foods for a diabetic to eat:

* Foods high in Omega-3; a favorite among many is salmon, but other fish contains Omega-3, too. Preparation is important; breaded and fried should be avoided. Wiser preparation methods include sauting, baking, or broiling.

* Tomatoes - whether sliced, sauced, or in a vegetable smoothie, tomatoes provide iron and vitamins C and E.

* Berries - raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries are excellent for providing antioxidants along with fiber and essential nutrients. Want a fast healthy dessert? Place non-fat vanilla yogurt in a parfait glass alternating from bottom to top with yogurt and your choice of berries; mix different types of berries for more color and variety. Sprinkle the top with wheat germ and/or crushed nuts.

2007-11-18 14:34:52 by not_regular_health_food

Type 1 diabetes - safe food choices?

My grandma was just diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, which they said can turn into type 2 if she does not take control of it now.
Her dr didn't give her much info on the types of foods she can and cannot eat. I follow a healthy diet, but even some of the things I eat, I am not sure if a diabetic person can have.
The only things she knows she can have are:
egg whites
I guess what would be helpful is a list of foods to avoid (other than the obvious)

2006-09-26 10:57:30 by that-is-diabetic-already

This paragragh of yours, good grief. Anyone

LOOK OUT. You'd be shocked at what packaged foods contain sugar -- ketchup, salad dressings, tomato sauce, bread crumbs -- and the list goes on. Even a lot of soymilks have sugar in them, look for the UNsweetened kinds, ditto for Almond milks and such.
Well, DUH!!
Today's diabetics are taught moderation/smaller portions. I am allowed to safely eat 50 carbs per meal. If I want cookies or cakes I either add those in to my 50 carbs or wait an hour or two to have a treat.
You don't need special cookbooks and going high on proteins is also not healthy it will do your kidneys in if you are diabetic.

2009-11-30 14:29:55 by Helen_Back

If a person is avoiding processed foods

For health reasons (what better reason to avoid processed foods?), then margarine should be at the top of their list.
A product that is "derived" from a harmless source is not necessarily harmless. Splenda is derived from sugar, and yet is harder on your body than sugar could be (unless you are a diabetic, then you have to weigh the alternatives.)
What it comes down to, and I know we will disagree about this, is that alternatives/substitutes for animal products that claim to taste or function like "the real thing" are just as bad -- if not worse -- for your health than the products they are replacing

2006-10-11 18:39:40 by -

I don't get it, what on my list was bad?

I only glanced at some diabetic pages, but I read stuff like:
"A: Starchy foods like potatoes, bread, cereals, rice and pasta should be the basis of all your meals. This is because these foods help you to keep your blood glucose levels steady. Try and choose wholemeal or wholewheat varieties where possible. Everyone with diabetes has individual dietary requirements, which is why it is important to get specific advice from a local dietitian. He or she will guide you on the amounts of different foods you should eat."
Yeah I mentioned cheese and sour cream, there are low/no fat versions of these if that's vital

Why you should eat fruit -- not drink it -- to lower diabetes risk  —
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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