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Are There Diabetic Foods I Can Eat?

Nina Ghamrawi, MS, RD, CDE
March 26, 2023
December 8, 2023

There are many food companies out there that market themselves as safe for people with Diabetes, or "Diabetes-friendly." They may even put catchy marketing ploys on the label like "carb steady," or "carb controlled". Should you get them?

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The short answer is no, there are no specific foods that are labeled as "diabetic". However, there are certain foods that are better for people with diabetes to eat, and others that should be limited. For those products that market themselves as carb steady, they may be. but mostly, they're just balanced with a little fat, protein, and/or fiber to slow down carb digestion and absorption. Nothing really that special that you need to pay extra for.

The key to eating with diabetes is to focus on eating a balanced, nutritious diet that includes a variety of foods from all food groups. This includes:

  1. Fruits and vegetables: Choose a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables to get a good mix of vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
  2. Whole grains: Whole grain foods, such as brown rice, whole wheat bread, and oatmeal, provide fiber and nutrients that can help regulate blood sugar levels.
  3. Lean proteins: Choose lean proteins, such as chicken, fish, and legumes, to help regulate blood sugar levels and provide essential nutrients.
  4. Healthy fats: Nuts, seeds, avocados, and olive oil are good sources of healthy fats that can help regulate blood sugar levels and provide satiety.

It's important to limit sugary and processed foods, as well as high-fat foods, as they can quickly raise blood sugar levels.

Takeaways

Remember, there is no such thing as "diabetic foods". Instead, focus on eating a healthy, balanced diet that includes a variety of nutritious foods. If you need help planning your meals, consider working with a registered dietitian who can help you create a personalized eating plan.

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