What is a Diabetic Friendly Diet?

FamilyHavingRoastChickenDinner A Diabetic Friendly diet includes food choices that are low-carbohydrate, low-fat, and low-sugar. Choosing these types of foods is how you can stay on track.

Below is a list of some foods to avoid, eat in moderation, or find their low-fat/sugar equivalent:

  • Avoid high-fat processed/convenience/deep-fried foods
  • Limit egg yolks to 3-4 per week.
  • Avoid fatty meats, such as bacon, sausage, franks, luncheon meats, ribs, hot dogs, all organ meats, including liver.
  • Most cheeses are high in fat (instead use; cheeses made from non-fat milk, such as mozzarella and ricotta cheese, light/fat-free cream cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt).
  • Avoid whole milk, evaporated milk, cream, and sauces (instead use; skim milk, low fat/fat-free sour cream
  • Butter, stick margarine, shortening, lard, palm and coconut oils (instead use; canola or olive oil, trans fat free margarine)
  • Mayonnaise, peanut butter, salad dressing, gravy, sauces (instead use; low-fat alternatives)

*For a more thorough list of foods to avoid and more reference information, see those websites dedicated to a diabetic lifestyle.

Please note: Some recipes we categorize as Diabetic Friendly may have ingredients that are easily substituted for Diabetic Friendly-allowed ingredients and we assume you will make the correct substitutions (eg. Splenda instead of sugar), or omit them entirely if possible. We have tried to be as thorough and complete as we can in identifying Diabetic Friendly-friendly ingredients in our recipes, however our list is by no means exhaustive, and some ingredients may have been overlooked. If you notice a problem please use the “Report A Problem” link on the page you notice it on and tell us about it. 

Further, because of the vast differences in Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes and the triggers that bring the body’s response, as well as other contributing factors (that can suppress or trigger that response, like exercise), we cannot differentiate our recipes. Whether you have Type 1, and can consume sugar in moderation (based on your current levels), or have Type 2 and avoid sugar altogether, we are categorizing our recipes based on consuming sugar in moderation, and choosing low-fat/carbohydrate/sugar options where possible.

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