Diabetic Food List: Six Food Groups in Diabetes Food Pyramid
What is Diabetes Food Pyramid?
Diabetes food pyramid categorizes food based on what they contain. Basically, there are six groups of food: starches, vegetables, fruits, milk, meat & meat substitutes, as well as fats & sweets.
At the very bottom of the pyramid are the starches and above it are the vegetables and fruits. Going higher are the milk and meat & meat substitutes. At the very top of the pyramid are the fats & sweets. Diabetics should take more foodfrom the bottom and less towards the top.
6 Diabetic Food Groups in Diabetes Food Pyramid
Diabetic Food Group 1: Starches
Starches are great sources of vitamin, mineral, carbohydrate and fiber. When selecting starchy food, complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, potatoes,etc. should be given the priority as they are absorbed slower than simple carbohydrates.
Diabetic Food Group 2: Vegetables
Vegetables contain lots of vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. They can be served fresh as salad with healthy salad dressing (e.g. lemon olive oil vinaigrette or fat-free salad dressings). If served cooked, prepare them in healthy ways (e.g. blanched and grilled) and season with spices and herbs. Avoid adding too much salt or soy sauce. Try to avoid canned vegetables too as these products always have a lot of sodium added to them.
Diabetic Food Group 3: Fruits
Fruits are rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber. Always choose fresh fruits as they will have more vitamins. If drinking fruit juice, opt for the 100% fruit juice without added sugar. For canned or dried fruits, all should also be sugar-free, this applies to fruit jams and Continue reading