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Diabetes & Nuts

Here is a question I recently received from FOODPICKER.org

I have diabetes and love snacking on nuts (particularly smoked/flavored almonds).  Are nuts ok to snack on and if so, are there certain types I should look for?

Answer:  Nuts can be a great snack, as long as you watch your portion size.  They are calorie dense and high in fat, but also a good source of protein,  fiber, and monounsaturated fat.   This type of fat is often reffered to as the ‘healthier’ fat as it can help raise HDL (good cholesterol) and lower LDL (bad cholesterol).  Types of nuts that are a rich source of monounsaturated fat include almonds, walnuts and pistachios.

Remember this phrase when snacking on nuts – ‘Enjoy a handful, not a can full!’.  You can also try counting them out  prior to eating to help you not to over indulge and follow the recommended portion size.  Also, look for varieties of nuts that are raw or dry roasted without additional added ingredients to help avoid extra calories and fat.

 

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Here is a question I recently received from FOODPICKER.org

How often should I check my glucose if I have type 2 diabetes?

Answer:  Blood glucose monitoring is an important part of managing your diabetes.  Speak with your doctor and Certified Diabetes Educator, or CDE, about when and how often you should test.  Frequency of testing depends on how well controlled your blood glucose is and the type of medication you use.  If your blood glucose levels vary and are not well controlled, you may be asked to test more frequently.  Ultimately, how often one should check their glucose is determined by their doctor and/or CDE and varies on an individual basis.  No matter how often you test, make sure to keep a log with the results of your testing and take these to your next appointment so adjustments to your treatment regimen can be made.

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Here is question I recently received from FOODPICKER.org

I have type 2 diabetes. I am wondering if I could have fruit smoothies? If I can, which ingredients I should include and avoid?

Answer:  Having type 2 diabetes does not mean that there are foods you should avoid. Rather, you need to know how often to have them, how to prepare them, and what to watch for.  In terms of a fruit smoothie, it is most important to watch your portion sizes and pay attention to the ingredients you use.  Here are some tips:

  • Use nonfat or reduced fat milk instead of fruit juices to reduce the fat and calories.
  • Avoid honey and syrup to sweeten your smoothie.  These are high in sugar and will raise your blood sugar very quickly!
  • If you are adding yogurt, choose plain, nonfat varieties instead of flavored or full fat varieties.
  • Make sure to measure all your ingredients so you know exactly what you are consuming and then plan accordingly.

 

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Here is a question I recently received from FOODPICKER.org

I was recently diagnosed with Pre-Diabetes and I’m trying to follow a low fat diet.  I have a question I hope that you can answer.  Are sweet potatoes considered a vegetable and are they ok to eat in my diet?

Answer: There are two different types of vegetables – starchy and non starchy vegetables.  Sweet potatoes are a type of starchy vegetable and contain more carbohydrate compared to non-starchy vegetables such as broccoli, carrots or cauliflower.  Typically, 1/2 cup of sweet potatoes equates to one carb choice or 15 grams carbohydrate.

Sweet potatoes are ok to eat in your diet as they are a good source of Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Calcium and Potassium.  Like other carbohydrate sources, it is important to monitor your portion size.  Also, since you are trying to follow a low fat diet, try baking or steaming your vegetables and limiting the amount of excess fat you add.

 

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