dsweir62

Q:

Awhile ago I went to a dietician and she gave me a list of fruits and vegetables that I could eat that were "free" (they did not count towards my carb intake). I was wondering if you could point me in the right direction to find out what these foods are again?

Amy Campbell

A:

“Free” foods are those foods that contain less than 20 calories and no more than 5 grams of carbohydrate per serving. Most vegetables fall into the free food category. These include salad greens, broccoli, peppers, tomatoes and celery. Other foods are free but in limited quantities, such as salsa, sugar-free syrup and whipped topping. Not many fruits are “free” (with the exception of cranberries) as fruits contain a considerable amount of carbohydrate and calories. Here are a few links to listings of free foods that you might find helpful: http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_articles.asp?id=1603&page=2, http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/diabetes-diet/DA00076 and http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/food-to-eat/count-carbs/what-to-eat-with-diabetes-free-food-basics/.

May 28, 2013 at 1:01 pm