What is the right food for a diabetic to eat?

Amy Campbell


In general, people with diabetes can (and should) eat pretty much the same foods as people without diabetes. Focus on choosing the following: whole grain foods, such as whole wheat bread, whole wheat pasta, brown rice, quinoa; a lot of “non-starchy” vegetables, which include broccoli, green beans, zucchini, carrots and tomatoes; fresh fruit; lean protein foods, such as skinless poultry, non-fried seafood and lean cuts of beef and pork; nonfat or lowfat milk and yogurt; and healthy fats, like olive oil, canola oil, avocado, nuts and seeds. Stay away from sugary drinks like soda or fruit juice in favor of water, seltzer water, tea and coffee. How much you need to eat of specific foods depends on many factors, such as your age, gender, activity level, weight goals and level of diabetes control. It can often be confusing and overwhelming to try and figure this out on your own, so I suggest that if you have questions about what or how much to eat, you schedule an appointment with a dietitian. Ask your physician for a referral to a dietitian in your community.

March 16, 2012 at 1:55 pm

2 replies

cantwin4losing 2015-03-09 09:52:59 -0500 Report

Hi I buy diabetic frozen meals and thinking I was safe with low carb and sugar, boy was I wrong in this breakfast meal of 2 slices of French toast with real fruit topping the carbs are 65g and sugar is 28g. I almost blacked out when I read the info on this meal. This company have their own dietitian who doesn't answer her phone…

Anonymous 2015-02-22 16:41:14 -0600 Report

I'm a newly diagnosed diabetic. Was referred to a Chinese Medicine Herbalist, as: "that's a close to a dietician, we have in town"; by my PA. He also recommended accupuncture, as an effective treatment to "cure" diabetes! So, NOW… I'm REALLY confused!!!