Those with diabetes need to keep themselves on a strict diet, which is also called medical nutrition therapy for diabetes.
- Healthy carbohydrates – This includes beans, peas, whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products.
- Fiber-rich foods – Fiber-rich foods include vegetables, fruits and nuts.
- Fish – Fish such as cod, tuna and halibut are good replacements for meat.
- Good Fats — Fats from avocados, almonds, pecans, walnuts, olives, and canola, olive and peanut oils can all be beneficial to cholesterol levels.
Now for some foods to avoid.
- Fish – I know we said fish is a good thing, but only if it’s the right kind of fish. Fried fish and fish with high mercury levels shouldn’t be part of a diabetes diet.
- Saturated fats – Fats that come from beef, hot dogs, bacon, sausage and high-fat dairy products aren’t a good idea.
- Trans fats – Trans fats can be found in a lot of snack foods, baked goods and stick margarine.
- Cholesterol – Avoid eggs, shellfish, liver and other high fat animal meats.
- Sodium — Sodium should be kept below 2,300 mg a day for a good diabetes diet.
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