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Diabetic Diets: How To Purchase Food When Shopping

Jul 25, 2008
Many people often hate to go on a diabetic diet, even if they have diabetes, because they feel they will only be allowed to eat all the bland boring foods that contain no sugar and taste awful. This is not true. Diabetics can still eat the foods they already enjoy eating. All they have to do is learn how to shop for foods by learning how to read labels and choose the same foods, sometimes using different brands.

The simple truth of the matter is that diets don't work because people are forced to eat foods that they do not normally eat. I can show you how you can still eat the meals you normally eat simply by showing you how to shop. Here I will explain 5 ways in which you can shop for a "diabetic diet" without comprimising the foods you normally eat and love.

One way is to keep an eye on the amount of carbohydrates that are in one serving of the food you are purchasing. Many people often think that sugar is the only thing that can raise your blood sugar level, but in truth, carbohydrates do as well. This is why you also need to keep an eye on how many carbohydrates you consume in your meals. A good point to look for is if the total carbohydrates are 10 grams or less. The reason for this is because it only takes 1 gram of carbohydrates to raise your blood sugar level by 5 points, so the fewer carbohydrates the better.

A second way to shop for food on a diabetic diet is to try to buy products that are high in dietary fiber. Fiber, even though it is counted as a carbohydrate, actually works on your behalf to help slow down your body's consumption of the carbohydrates and sugar that enter your body. Thus fiber helps keep your blood sugar level at a normal rate. A good guide is to try and purchase products that contain 5 grams or more of dietary fiber.

A third way is to keep an eye on how much sugar is in the products you purchase. But beware of sugar free products because their labels may be misleading. Often times manufactures will place less sugar but the total carbohydrates will increase which means you are still getting way too much sugar even if the label says no sugar added. You should always look at the sugar content in combination with the carbohydrate content. A good point is to look for products where the label says the sugar content is 5 grams of less, and remember the carbohydrate content is 10 grams or less.

A fourth way is to stock up on what the experts call free foods for diabetics. These are foods that have less than 20 total calories and have less than 5 grams of total carbohydrates per serving. Just because they are labeled free food does not mean you can eat them all day long. All it means is you can eat them up to 3 servings per day. Also be sure to spread them throughout the day as eating them all at one time will make your blood sugar rise too high. Some examples of free foods are decaf coffee, a dill pickle (which also helps lower your blood sugar), sugar free drink mixes, sugar free gelatin, diet soda, lettuce, and water.

A fifth way is to watch what kind of meat products you buy at the grocery store. You need to select low-fat cuts that have no fat visible to your eye. You should choose meats with 7 percent fat content or less. Again, the lower the percentage of fat, the better it will be for your health. Some good meats you can purchase are fish, shellfish, and skinless poultry.

By following these five guidelines when shopping for your food, you can begin to develop an enjoyable diabetic diet that you can happily follow for life. All you have to do is purchase the same kinds of foods while perhaps changing brands to ones that contain 10 grams of carbohydrates or less, 5 grams of fiber or more, 5 grams of sugar or less, free food with 20 calories or less and 5 grams of carbohydrate or less per serving, and meat that has 7 percent or less of fat. You will enjoy your diet more by eating the foods you love just by following these 5 guiding principles when you shop.
About the Author
Delynda Lardone supplies information on diabetes, including tips on how to make sure the level of your blood sugar remains low, in depth examination of many diabetic diet programs, and diabetic diet recipes which serves up to 6. To learn more information about a diabetic diet plan, please visit: diabetic diets.
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