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Q:

I have been told wheat, bananas, oranges, pizza, cheese, yogurt, sweet potatoes, potatoes, beans, etc. are no-no's. But on all the diabetic sites, I find recipes that contain all these items. What gives?

Amy Campbell

A:

I’m not sure who told you not to eat these foods, as you certainly can include all of them in your eating plan. The key is knowing when and how much to eat. Many of these foods, such as wheat, bananas, oranges, yogurt, sweet potatoes and beans contain carbohydrate, along with other important nutrients. Carbohydrate is the body’s main fuel source, but it also raises blood glucose. You need to eat some carbohydrate, but the amount that you need depends on many factors, including your age, gender, level of physical activity, food preferences and lifestyle. I’d suggest that you ask your healthcare provider for a referral to a dietitian who can help you determine the amount of carbohydrate that’s best for you, as well as how to fit foods that you like to eat into a healthy eating plan.

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