What Foods Are Allowed on Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Diet?


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Foods allowed on Dr. Bernstein’s diabetes diet include vegetables such as asparagus, zucchini, summer squash, string beans and mushrooms; major calorie sources such as eggs, seafood, fowl, fish and meat; certain homemade and commercial prepared soups; and cheese, butter, cream, margarine and yogurt, explains the Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution. Other foods that are also allowed on Dr. Bernstein’s diabetic diet include soy milk, soybean flour, bran crackers, and sweeteners such as sucralose, aspartame and saccharin.

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When preparing vegetables, Dr. Bernstein advises diabetic patients to take 2/3 cup of whole cooked vegetable, 1/4 cup mashed cooked vegetable, and 1/2 cup of sliced or diced cooked vegetable or 1 cup of mixed salad. These vegetables act upon blood sugar as though it contains about 6 grams of carbohydrates, notes the Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution. Cooked vegetables tend to increase the level of blood sugar quickly compared to raw vegetables, since the heat makes them more digestible, converting some of the cellulose to sugar. Dr. Bernstein also advises diabetic patients to prepare zero-carbohydrates soups or to purchase commercially prepared ones that have no added sugar, but with small amounts of carbohydrates.

Foods that are not allowed in Dr. Bernstein’s diet include sweets and sweeteners such as candies; desserts such as cookies, cakes and pies; fruits and juices, except avocados; certain dairy products such as milk, cottage cheese and canned milk concentrates; and grains such as bread and crackles, breakfast cereal and waffles, explains the Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution.

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