There are 4 major food groups that people suffering from diabetes should consume food from as recommended by the American diabetes association.

Vegetables such as green leafy veggies lettuce, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, green beans. Fruits like apples and berries. Carrots that are a good source of Vitamin A, C and K are also advised.

Whole grains such as wheat, rice, corn, and oats have high nutritional value. Breads and cereals like barley and bran.
Skimmed milk, also known as low fat milk, curds, yogurt and non fatty cottage cheese.

Foods like fish, poultry products, meats, nuts are good source of protein.

An ideal diet should include at least one type of food from each of the above 4 food groups. Main nutrients like carbohydrates, fats, minerals, vitamins and proteins are derived from a healthy and balanced diet.

Just as there are guidelines to balanced diet there are certain don’ts that we must adhere to. Excess intake of fat can lead to development of diabetes. Fats are necessary for the body but in controlled quantities. Also salt intake should be controlled. This diet also suggests a lesser intake of sugar. Hence the alcohol consumption should be monitored as alcohol increases the sugar level in the blood.

It is best to take help from a professional dietitian to guide on day to day consumption of food in order to curb or control diabetes.

admin on March 23rd 2011 in General