Diabetes Diet Plan: What to Eat, Not to Eat

Fish can be good or bad for diabetes

Those with diabetes need to keep themselves on a strict diet, which is also called medical nutrition therapy for diabetes.

diabetes-diet-planHere are some examples of good foods to eat for a diabetes diet, as collected by Mayo Clinic.

  • 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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