A diabetes diet pertains to eating healthy food in moderate portions three times a day. This approach helps the body to better use the produced insulin or diabetes targeted medication.
The diet should include:
- healthy carbohydrates (fruits and vegetables, low fat dairy and whole grains),
- fiber-rich food (whole grains, legumes like peas and beans, nuts, fruits and vegetables),
- heart-healthy fish (salmon, mackerel and sardines; avoid king mackerel and swordfish for their high mercury levels), and
- good fats (avocado, nuts, olive and peanut oil).
Remember, since diabetes increases the risk of heart disease, it is important to avoid food rich in saturated and trans fats, and high in cholesterol and sodium.
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