What Are Sample Menus for a 1500-Calorie Diabetic Diet?


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On the American Diabetes Association's website, those with diabetes can find one-day meal plans that are released once a month. The meal plans range in calories from 1,550 to 1,650 per day, but plans can be adjusted by up to 200 calories above or below the total.

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What Are Sample Menus for a 1500-Calorie Diabetic Diet?
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The meal plans provided by the American Diabetes Association include three main meals and two snacks, with fruits and vegetables appearing in almost each one. Carbohydrates are spaced throughout the day and account for about 45 percent of total calories. The plan can also be adjusted to lower the amount of carbohydrates eaten. The meal plans limit the intake of trans fats and saturated fats, and they focus on increasing the good fats in a person's diet. Cholesterol is limited to 300 milligrams a day, and sodium is limited to less than 2,300 milligrams a day. The meal plans increase fiber intake to at least 25 grams per day.

The meal-plan resource page from the American Diabetes Association also provides recipes and grocery lists for that day's meals. The nutritional information for each meal and each day is given, and a calorie calculator allows a person to put in his age, gender and activity level to determine the optimum number of calories he should eat per day.

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