Diabetic Food List: Best and Worst Choices

By rbergman Latest Reply 2009-02-17 18:56:13 -0600
Started 2009-02-16 19:34:27 -0600

Someone questioned about a worst food list, this is what I found:

You're ready to head off to the grocery store and looking for your list. If you've got diabetes, though, you need more than a traditional shopping list. You need a guide that will let you quickly determine whether a food is a good choice or a bad choice. Making the best choices will help you maintain good health and control your blood glucose levels, keeping them as close to normal as possible. WebMD has compiled a list of best and worst food choices for diabetes that you can use either in the super market or in your own kitchen when you want something to eat.

The categories for the food choice list are taken from the Diabetes Food Pyramid. They include six food groups. The Diabetes Food Pyramid starts with breads, grains, and other starches at the base and rises to fats, oils, and sweets at the top. Here's the full list of categories from bottom up:

* Breads, grains, and other starches
* Vegetables
* Fruits
* Meat, meat substitutes, and other protein
* Dairy
* Fats, oils, and sweets

Your goal for shopping and preparing meals is to choose more food from the base of the pyramid and less as you move toward the top.
What follows are some of the "best" and "worst" choices that can be made from each group. In addition, you'll find tips for making best choices for beverages. Keep in mind, though, if a food falls in the "worst" group, that doesn't mean you should never eat it. If you see something you really like on the "worst" list, you can think of it as an occasional treat. But in general, it will be easier to manage your diabetes if you choose most of your foods from the "best" lists.

This is a 3 page list of Best Vs. Worst here is the link to the site


4 replies

Janice5208 2009-02-17 00:20:30 -0600 Report

thanks ,I have learned alot about shopping and planning. thanks for the info

rbergman 2009-02-17 18:56:13 -0600 Report

I'm still learning as well and we go to my daughters 1st meeting with a dietitian tomorrow morning, hoping to not only learn more but get a better grasp for it all myself, if we were in school I'd probably have a D- as a grade right now from what I thought i knew to what I actually know now-a-days lol

Anonymous 2009-02-16 19:37:24 -0600 Report

One of the best tips I ever got was to shop the perimeter of the store. Think about your grocery store. Meats, produce, dairy are all on the outside aisles of the store. Very useful tip.

rbergman 2009-02-16 20:53:56 -0600 Report

You know, that makes a lot of sense, I never looked at it that way before but that is how I do it, go around the outside first before heading down the other isles…good advice to try and stick to those outer isles if at all possible!