Fruit, beans and whole grains are healthy choices for diabetics
11/23/2015 10:45 AM
I see many diabetic patients who are confused about fruit. Fruit is a healthy option if you have diabetes, but the key is moderation. A good rule of thumb is to eat a portion of fruit that is about the size of your fist.
Another area of confusion that I commonly see in diabetics is in regards to beans. Beans are another healthy choice, but don’t get carried away. A half cup is a good portion size. When you go to a Mexican restaurant that serves a huge portion of beans and rice with a side of tortillas, your body will experience a carb overload.
Sensible portions of whole grains are also safe for diabetics because they contain fiber that allows the body to absorb nutrients more slowly, prevent blood sugar spikes and make you feel full longer. Many diabetics are surprised to learn that corn tortillas count as a whole grain, as well as potatoes with the peel intact.
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About the Author:
Stephanie Burns is the Lead Clinical Dietitian at Central Texas Medical Center. Stephanie graduated Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition in 2008. She completed her Dietetic Internship in 2012 at CTMC and became a Registered and Licensed Dietitian. Stephanie chose her career path to learn how to enjoy food in a healthy way and hopes to share this knowledge with others.