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Can diabetics eat snack foods?

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Snacks are an important way for diabetics to maintain their blood sugar level. However, diabetics do have to choose snacks that are low in sugar and added fats, according to the American Diabetes Association.

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Understanding portion sizes and the number of grams of carbohydrate that the diabetic should consume with each snack is crucial to establishing a healthy meal plan throughout the day. A trip to the vending machine can overload one's system with sugar, sodium and the wrong types of fats, which means that planning ahead is key for maintaining proper dietary levels, notes the American Diabetes Association.

If one's plan requires a very low-carb snack (fewer than 5 grams of carbohydrates), some acceptable ideas include 15 almonds, 10 goldfish crackers, two saltine crackers, one hard-boiled egg, five cherry tomatoes with 1 tablespoon ranch dressing or 1 cup of light popcorn, among others, states the American Diabetes Association.

Snacks that range between 10 and 20 grams of carbohydrates include two rice cakes (4 inches in diameter) with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter, 1/2 cup tuna salad with four saltine crackers, one small orange or apple, or five whole-wheat crackers and one piece of string cheese. Assembling other snacks according to these proportions keeps people from experiencing cravings or running into problems with their blood sugar levels, as stated by the American Diabetes Association.

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