Diabetic diet food lists are available online at WebMD and the American Diabetes Association. These sites list the best foods for a diabetic and explains why they are beneficial.
Although diabetics have to watch their carbohydrate intake to manage their blood sugar levels, there are plenty of grains and starches they can have such as whole-grain breads, brown rice, potatoes and corn products, explains WebMD. They should avoid fried potatoes and tortillas as well as processed grains. Fresh fruits and vegetables are the best produce options, especially dark greens such as spinach, kale and arugula. Vegetables should be steamed, not cooked in butter. Fruits are healthiest if fresh, frozen or canned in fruit juice without added sugars.
Meat and dairy products should be low or nonfat, states WebMD. The healthiest meats include fish, poultry and low-fat cuts of meat that are baked, broiled and grilled. Diabetics need to avoid fatty or fried meats and use small amounts of oils. Beverages should include water and unsweetened coffee and tea.
Beans are another healthy food for diabetics because they are high in fiber and protein and low in fat, according to the American Diabetes Association. Some of the healthiest varieties include black, pinto and navy beans.