Diabetics can easily shop for food by preparing an individualized eating plan in advance with the help of a registered dietitian nutritionist, reports the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The nutritionist works with the diabetic to put together a list of choices in various food groups that enables the diabetic to shop for balanced meals with acceptable amounts of carbohydrates.Continue Reading
Individualized eating plans vary depending on the diabetics’ gender, age, weight, level of activity and medications, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The plans also consider individual lifestyles and food preferences. Lists of foods include starches, fruits, vegetables, meats and dairy. The diabetic shops with meals in mind that put together choices from several lists. Because the digestive system breaks down the carbohydrates in food into glucose, diabetics may need to count the carbohydrates in their meal plan food choices to help their blood glucose levels remain normal, cautions the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
Nutritionists measure the amount of carbohydrates in foods in grams, and diabetics can shop for food more easily once they learn to estimate the amount of carbohydrate grams in the foods they buy, explains the National Institute of Diabetics and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Foods that contain carbohydrates include grains, sweets, dairy products, fruits and some vegetables. Non-starchy vegetables, such as salad greens, broccoli, asparagus, tomatoes and carrots, contain few carbohydrates. Fish, meat, poultry, nuts and most cheeses contain no carbohydrates. While shopping, diabetics can check the nutrition labels on packages to find the carbohydrate content.Learn more about Nutrition & Diets