Smart Snacking With Diabetes
When you feel the urge to snack, its easy to satisfy your cravings with something sweet and salty. A box of cookies or bag of chips quenches that hunger. But with a little creativity and determination, snacking can be a healthy quest that helps keep your blood glucose steady while adding important vitamins and minerals to your diet.
When we think of snacking, we usually think of it as something unhealthy or a mini-meal, said registered dietitian Angela Ginn-Meadow, CDE , senior education coordinator at the University of Maryland Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology in Baltimore. The purpose of snacking is to get us from one meal to the next. It shouldnt be a full-course meal, but a tiny meal that contains carbohydrates and protein.
Ginn-Meadow, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, recommends following the 80-20 rule for snacking: 80% of snacks should be healthy to maintain your weight and blood glucose levels and 20% can be slight indulgences. Snacking is driven by both physical and emotional impulses and its the mindless snacking that gets us all into trouble, she added.
In the past, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommended three meals and three snacks a day. Currently, the ADA recognizes that there is not a one-size-fits-all approach to eating and therefore recommends three meals a day and allows more flexibility on whether people choose to eat snacks.
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