10 Foods For Every Diabetic’s Shopping List

By rbergman Latest Reply 2016-07-25 18:54:15 -0500
Started 2009-02-16 11:36:39 -0600

The day that you find out that yourself or a loved one has diabetes is a day after which nothing is quite the same again. Diabetics have to manage their disease by keeping a handle on their blood sugar levels; this is accomplished in large part by keeping a close watch on their diet. If you are diabetic, you want to be sure to get plenty of fruits, vegetables and lean proteins. There are foods which can help to keep your diabetes under control - these foods should be added to your diet. What are these ten foods? Keep reading this article to find out:

Two of the best fruits: Apples and Pomegranates.

While diabetics are often advised to avoid any foods which are white, apples are a notable exception. Their high pectin content is a great help in detoxifying the body as well as decreasing the body’s need for insulin. These qualities make apples a good choice for diabetics.

Pomegranates are a very popular fruit in the Middle East and the Balkan region of Europe. This is also a fruit which has been finding more popularity in the U.S. and with good reason - studies have shown the sugar that this fruit contains does not have an effect on blood sugar levels. Additionally, diabetics who drank 6 ounces of pomegranate juice daily were found to have a lower risk of atherosclerosis.

A couple of spices: Cinnamon and Garlic.

Cinnamon is an amazingly good food for diabetics - it contains MHCP which helps your fat cells to more efficiently do their job of responding to insulin by reducing glucose in the blood.

Garlic is also very helpful for diabetics. This food can help keep diabetes under control by lowering blood sugar levels.

Best breakfast food: Oatmeal.

We all know that diabetics are supposed to stay away from carbs, but oatmeal is a good carb to eat. Just don’t get sweetened oatmeal and you’ll actually be doing something good for yourself. Oatmeal contains a lot of fiber and digests slowly, keeping blood sugar levels stable; this effect has also been shown to persist.

The best vegetables: Green beans, Spinach and Broccoli.

All three of these vegetables are high in fiber and they are low in carbs. This makes them the most ideal vegetables for you. You can still enjoy the occasional potato, corn and peas but keep in mind that these vegetables are high in starch, which is a carb. So make sure that you have a nice balance but favor the less starchy veggies as often as possible.

The must have in a diabetic diet: Protein.

When you are diabetic you should make sure that your diet is atleast 12% protein and no more then 20% protein. You should also make sure that you if you are having a bedtime snack you make sure it is a protein so that your blood sugar level remains consistent through the night.

Opt for lean protein sources such as fish, poultry, nuts, soy and lentils. These are the optimum sources of protein.

There you have it - ten great foods for diabetics to add to their diet. These are all foods which will keep your blood sugar levels consistent, decreasing your need to take medication for your condition, along with keeping your risk for many associated health problems low.

31 replies

mspiggy81 2013-11-27 22:52:45 -0400 Report

Just thought I'd throw the incredible edible egg to the list, good protein, no carbs, Keep some hard boiled in the fridge to grab for a quick snack or a no carb breakfast. Some people tend to be more sensitive to carbs first thing in the morning.

Mrs. Vega
Mrs. Vega 2009-02-22 20:25:23 -0400 Report

thank you great tips for us. just getting started with the food management for us both.

rbergman 2009-02-22 20:33:22 -0400 Report

Hi, welcome to the site, there are several posts on foods and diet and carb counting here on DC. Hope you find helpful information and feel free to ask as many questions as you like, no question is too dumb to ask. Again, welcome to the site!

growingupartists 2009-02-21 18:10:13 -0400 Report

Here's my list of 5 FAVES:

Fiber One yogurt (lime and strawberry) - 19g carbs but 5 grams of fiber
(= 16.5g total snackilicious flavor, + 4g protein)

DanActive yogurt drinks (blueberry, strawberry, vanilla…yum!)
14g carb + 3g protein

OLD DUTCH cheesy puffcorn
(2.5 cups = 15g carb, 2g protein)

HERSHEY'S 100 calorie pretzel bars
(Um, pretzel grids dipped in chocolate)
14g = two "cookies", 4.5g fat

and best but not least (it's my 7yo's favorite)
NABISCO 100 calorie packs,
OREO SnackCakes (15g packet)

Ewwww, oatmeal. Wait, do you make cookies?

Janice5208 2009-02-17 02:15:26 -0400 Report

Thanks for the info,Does the pomegranate juice have as much sugar as thr fruit ? thanks again,printed this for the kitchen cookbook

rbergman 2009-02-16 21:35:37 -0400 Report

Since you asked about worst foods, I found a site that lists the best and worst foods for diabetics and posted a new discussion about it…Happy Reading!!!


roger 2009-02-16 19:10:46 -0400 Report

thats all good but what do you have to make me think i am having a potato, some rice, or a big plate of pasta????? becouse my bad with them!

SkipT 2009-02-16 19:42:04 -0400 Report

I have posted several recipes where you can use califlower as a potato or rice substitute. I use them all the time.

SkipT 2009-02-16 19:42:47 -0400 Report

Oh yeah, you can also use spaghetti squash as a very good subsititute for pasta.

roger 2009-02-16 19:48:34 -0400 Report

my bad me and veg dont play well togather i eat corn lettus mite do a slice of cuk or tomato but thats about it ! help!!!!!!!

SkipT 2009-02-16 20:38:26 -0400 Report

Tomato is actually a fruit, and corn is not a vegetable but a grain. The cauliflower mashed really doesn't taste like cauliflower. You can also mash celery root just like potatoes.

2009-02-17 00:46:13 -0400 Report

Dreamfields brand pasta is diabetic friendly and tastes good. I don't know the secret behind it (they'd probably have to shoot me if I figured it out lol) but it doesn't affect my blood sugars like regular pasta does.


roger 2009-02-17 21:01:58 -0400 Report

where do you find this and what is the $$$?

mspiggy81 2013-11-27 22:41:33 -0400 Report

You can find the dreamfields noodles at most stores, My walmart carries it for about $2.50 for a 16oz box of spaghetti. I usually have an ad on the side of the page here on DC for a $1 off coupon. I don't notice any difference in taste, neither does my hubby. I even snuck them in on my father in law one time and he didn't notice. He's super picky eater too. Keep in mind it's not just the noodles you have to watch with pasta, Spaghetti sauce is high in carbs too, most brands add lots of sugar to the sauce so read labels and compare brands.

Sir Robert
Sir Robert 2009-02-16 19:03:50 -0400 Report

I have tried taking Cinnamon in a pill form but it changed my taste buds for the worse.
When eating oatmeal, what is the best way to sweeten it. Can I add milk to it as well?
What meats should I eat?
You should do a subject on what not to eat as well.

roshy 2009-02-16 19:13:11 -0400 Report

rob i have some tips for ya!!

you could mash half a small banana into your oat meal!!
or a small bit of diabetic jam
raisins or sultanas
chop up some strawberries and stick them in there
or apple

hope that helps!!

CutiePie2 2009-02-16 21:51:19 -0400 Report

I use brown sugar splenda and cinnamon and dried cranberries and walnuts in mine. It is so good. Try it you will like it.

2009-02-16 18:38:53 -0400 Report

Look at you Robin, learning all this food stuff all on your own… :) And you thought you couldn't do it… ackk you are a pro!!

Thanks for sharing this, this has been on my list for a long time.. :)


LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-02-16 17:31:58 -0400 Report

That's a good article, Robin. Thanks. Those newly diagnosed will definitely find information like this extremely helpful. Learning to eat right is always a struggle for most of us, but in the beginning knowing what and how to eat is mind boggling.

snuggles11 2013-01-29 23:52:02 -0400 Report

You are so right on with this !
Found out a week ago today I'm type 2
It's very much a mind blower !
Thanks everyone for your info you have shared !

2009-02-16 16:34:27 -0400 Report

This is very good information. Thank you for the post. It is very useful, especially for anyone who isn't sure what they should eat.

roshy 2009-02-16 15:50:43 -0400 Report

im printing this off and sticking it in my bedroom!!! thank you so much for sharing!!! this info is like gold!!!

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