Diabetes Diet and Nutrition

Type 2 diabetes can largely be managed through lifestyle adjustments in diet and exercise. But what exactly is a “healthy” diabetes diet? The short answer is: food that’s good for you, like fresh fruits and non-starchy veggies, whole grains, lean meats, and fish. Stay away from alcohol and foods high in saturated and trans fats, sugar, and carbohydrates. These foods can raise your blood sugar levels.

You may miss indulging in some of your favorite snacks at first, but you’ll soon realize that they’re not worth your life. You might even find that just by making modifications to meals you normally eat, you’ll make them much healthier, and diabetes-friendly. Instead of thinking of it as a “diet,” think of it as becoming an expert meal planner—one of the secrets to being a great chef.  

Featured Nutrition Articles

Diabetes Diet & Nutrition 101

Your doctor told you that you need to improve your eating habits if you want to get your diabetes under control. But what does that mean?

Top 10 Diabetes Superfoods

Learn about 10 commonly found food items that can help you manage your blood glucose levels and alleviate diabetes symptoms.

Diabetes-Friendly Desserts

Yes, you have to limit sugary foods and carbohydrates, but that doesn't mean you can't still satisfy your sweet tooth.

Seven-Day Diabetes Meal Plan

Between the Jamaican Pork Tenderloin and the Cream Cheese-Stuffed French Toast, there's something for every taste in this 21-recipe meal plan.

Reading Food Labels

Understanding the nutrition facts found on food packaging can help you make the right choices when shopping for pre-packed meals and ingredients for cooking meals at home.

Good Fat Vs. Bad Fat

Not all fat is bad for you. Read about why you actually need fat in your diet, and find out how to distinguish the good from the bad.

Diabetes and Alcoholic Beverages

You may have heard that alcohol is off-limits for type 2 diabetes patients.

Are Artificial Sweeteners Safe?

Learn more about the six types of artificial sweeteners, from old standbys like aspartame to new products like Stevia.

Best Diabetes-Friendly Cookbooks

Stock your kitchen library with these cookbooks so that you never run out of ideas for a diabetes-friendly recipe.

Diabetes Fruit and Vegetable Guide

Of course fruits and vegetables are good for you. But some are better than others.

The Junk Food and Diabetes Connection

Does eating too much junk food actually cause type 2 diabetes? What does "junk food" mean, anyway?

Diabetes: Can Fenugreek Lower My Blood Sugar?

Fenugreek is a plant that grows in Europe and western Asia. The leaves are edible, but it’s the small brown seeds that are famous for their use in medicine.


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