There are no foods that are completely forbidden for people with diabetes. If you’re already a sensible eater, you don’t have to make BIG changes to your diet, you just have to be more aware of how much of a good thing is too much. Carbohydrates (“carbs” for short), including foods such as fruits, bread, rice, pasta and corn, can and should be part of your daily balanced meal plans. For all carbs, including sweets, it’s really how much carbohydrate you eat at one time that matters most for blood sugar control.
Many foods contain carbs, from bread to milk to lollipops. Some sources of carbs are healthier than others. The healthy sources of carbs provide energy (calories), vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber. The less healthy carbs include added sugars which provide calories but little, if any, other nutritional value.
Carbs are the body’s main energy source. All carbs break down into sugar in our blood, which is then stored and used for energy. When you have diabetes, you are not able to transport the sugar in the blood to its storage area. So eating too much carbohydrate results in high blood sugar levels, while too little can result in low blood sugars.
No! You need to eat healthy carbs for energy and good nutrition. To control your blood glucose levels, day in and day out, it’s best to eat similar amounts of healthy carbs at similar times.
One of the keys to living well with diabetes is keeping blood glucose levels in the range recommended for you throughout the day. It helps those living with diabetes feel better and minimizes complications.
Your doctor, registered dietitian or diabetes educator can help you determine your recommended daily carb intake and how to carb count.
You can also make many delicious foods and treats-with less sugar-by using recipes made with SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener and other SPLENDA® Sweeteners. If you enjoy sweets, you can plan for the occasional sweet treat, making your meals more interesting and varied, and something you can stick with.
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