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What are some small changes a diabetic can make for a healthier dinner?

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Substituting sweet potatoes for white potatoes, a yogurt-berry parfait for a bowl of ice cream and a grilled piece of salmon for a ribeye are three substitutions diabetics can make. These cut down on the amount of sugar and cholesterol heading to the bloodstream, notes the American Diabetes Association.

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Various berries including blueberries, raspberries, blackberries or strawberries, have a ton of antioxidants, dietary fiber and vitamins. Combining them with a light, nonfat vanilla yogurt or other flavor in a parfait makes a tasty dessert. This treat has much fewer calories and fat than a bowl of blueberry ice cream, according to the American Diabetes Association.

Sweet potatoes have a similar texture to that of white potatoes after they are cooked. While the taste is slightly sweeter, they actually have less in the way of simple sugars. They are also filled with fiber and vitamin A, making them a better choice for diabetics, states the American Diabetes Association.

Protein sources with omega-3 fatty acids drive up the proportion of the good, or HDL, cholesterol in the bloodstream. Fatty fishes, such as salmon, have these acids inside them. Eating between 6 and 9 ounces of fish each week is ideal for a healthy cholesterol level, explains the American Diabetes Association.

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