People who are diagnosed with diabetes and begin to research what to eat will be confronted with a vast range of information.

A variety of diets such as low-carb, low-fat, low-GI, Mediterranean and many other diets are used by people in controlling their blood glucose levels.

Despite the variety of diets available, there are a number of common recommendations which most of the diets include.

Guidance for a healthy diet

  • Avoid becoming reliant on convenience foods such as crisps, biscuits or ready meals
  • Ensure each main meal has a good intake of vegetables
  • Choose fats from healthy sources such as meat, fish, dairy, unsalted nuts and olive oil
  • Aim to have oily fish at least twice a week
  • When choosing starchy foods, avoid white versions and choose versions with a higher fibre content
  • Have carbohydrate in moderation as high quantities of carbohydrate in meals will adversely affect blood glucose levels
  • Eat whole fruit in preference to fruit juice as whole fruit has more fibre and impacts upon sugar levels more slowly
  • Be aware of portion sizes

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