Whether you’re newly diagnosed, or have been living with diabetes for years, you’ve definitely heard that it’s important to watch what you eat. And while there are a lot of myths surrounding just what that means, the truth is, people with diabetes don’t have to follow a special “diabetic diet.” In reality, it’s recommended that people with diabetes try to stick to the same well-balanced diet everyone else is recommended.
But what all does that entail? Well, most medical professionals suggest opting for whole foods, such as vegetables (especially the non-starchy variety) and fruits, over processed foods, when possible. Further, they recommend choosing foods that are rich in calcium, vitamin D, fiber, and other essential vitamins and minerals. Heart-healthy foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids are also encouraged, as people with diabetes are at increased risk of heart disease.
In the list below, you’ll see some of our favorite diabetes-friendly foods. Take a look!
Not only are dates delicious, they’re also loaded with fiber! Just seven dates contain up to 4 grams of fiber. Further, they contain more antioxidants than oranges, grapes, peppers and broccoli, explains Prevention. Since dates still contain sugar, they should be consumed in moderation, but they make a terrific substitute when baking! Make sure you’re eating fresh dates over dried, as it’s easy to consume a lot more sugar than you mean to when eating dried fruit.
Berries contain antioxidants known as polyphenols and provide a good source of fiber– a cup of blueberries contains 3.5 grams of fiber while blackberries contain 7.6 grams. Not only that, berries are believed to help lower blood pressure, and promote good cholesterol. The next time you’re craving something sweet, consider reaching for a serving of berries. Try making it even more convenient for yourself by spending some time meal prepping at the beginning of the week. If you have a healthy sweet option that’s ready-to-eat, you’ll be a lot more inclined to reach for it, over packaged goodies.