Food Group Tips for Diabetics

Diabetic Dietary Guidelines

  • Low GI carbohydrate foods in small portions should form the basis of all meals and snacks
  • Eat dried beans and peas, lentils, peanut butter, canned beans AND SOYA regularly
  • Avoid refined starch/carbohydrate foods (white flour, biscuits, cakes, sweets, crisps, cold drinks)
  • Small portions of lean chicken/meat /fish/eggs/dairy should be eaten daily
  • Use fats sparingly (lean meat, chicken, dairy; no frying of foods – rather bake/steam/stir-fry; read food labels for <5g fat/serving of the food)
  • Use PLENTY of fresh vegetables and fruit every day (spread your fruit portions out over the course of the day)
  • Eat regular meals and snacks every 3-4 hours
  • Drink plenty of water (6-8 glasses/day; NOTE: if you are extremely thirsty, test your blood glucose levels)

Download this helpful table that shows which Low to High GI food types to use across various food groups.

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