What Types of Snacks Are Best for Type 2 Diabetics?


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Snacks such as a handful of almonds, a small apple and a banana with peanut butter provide nutrition to type 2 diabetics without the sugar jolts that other types of snacks can cause. Diabetics should count their permitted allocation of carbs before selecting their snacks, advises the American Diabetes Association.

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What Types of Snacks Are Best for Type 2 Diabetics?
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It's important to know how many grams of carbohydrates are in the allowance for a particular snack. For example, if a person with type 2 diabetes only has 5 grams of carbs allotted, then snacks such as 8 green olives, a frozen sugar-free popsicle, a hard-boiled egg, 1/4 cup of fresh blueberries or a cup of light popcorn is permitted, notes the American Diabetes Association.

Other people may be allowed between 10 and 20 grams of carbohydrates. In that case, a pair of 4-inch diameter rice cakes with a tablespoon of peanut butter, a small orange, 1/2 cup tuna salad with four saltine crackers, or 1/4 cup cottage cheese with 1/2 cup fresh or canned fruit would be acceptable, states the American Diabetes Association.

Before exercising, a snack with as many as 30 grams of carbohydrates is wise, in order to give the body enough energy to complete the exercise routine. Spreading a teaspoon of low-fat tub margarine on an English muffin or combining a medium banana with a tablespoon of peanut butter yields a suitable preworkout snack, reports the American Diabetes Association.

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