Eating Clean with Diabetes: An Overview and a Guide
Following a diabetes-friendly eating regimen can take many different forms: The Mediterranean diet, the DASH diet and the Atkins plan are all recommended for helping to control blood sugar and support metabolic health.
Eating clean with diabetes simply means paying attention to the quantity and quality of your macronutrient intake (protein, fat, carbohydrates) and also choosing foods that support balanced blood sugar levels for optimal energy, safety and health.
Understanding how to eat from the main food groups will help you better manage your diabetes:
Grains are rich in carbohydrates and should be eaten minimally if you're diabetic. Some grains are more carb-heavy than others, so steer clear of "white" foods and opt for whole-grain versions of bread, pasta or rice.
Fruits and Vegetables
Many fruits are high in sugar, which does not make them ideal for diabetes. However, fruits like blueberries, strawberries and raspberries are naturally lower in sugar and can be eaten in moderation.
Clean eating also means paying attention to your vegetable consumption: aim to eat mostly leafy green vegetables like kale, romaine, arugula or chard. Root vegetables like carrots or potatoes have more carbohydrates and should therefore be eaten less frequently or paired with protein to reduce blood sugar spikes.
Ideally, opt for fresh and organic vegetables, as canned varieties can include added salt, sugar, or carbohydrates.
Lean proteins from organic sources are the best bet for diabetes and overall health.
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