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December 31, 2006

Meal Planning, Food and Diet

Question from India:

I have type 2. Most of the time, it is difficult to control overeating. Please suggest some common vegetables which have minimal effect on blood glucose levels. Are nuts harmful or beneficial to diabetic patients who also have heart disease?

Answer:

With regards to lower carbohydrate vegetables, most vegetables, except for corn, peas, potatoes, and starchy beans, have 5 grams of carbohydrate for one-half cup cooked or one cup raw vegetables. The starchy vegetables (corn, peas, beans, potatoes) have 15 grams of carbohydrate for a one-half cup portion. Nuts have protein and fat. The fat is a healthier fat called monounsaturated fat. Beneficial nuts to improve lipid status include almonds, cashews, peanuts and pecans.

If your hunger is making it hard to control your diabetes, you may benefit from meeting with a registered dietitian who specializes in diabetes meal planning. They can assist you in developing a meal plan that will fill you up and control your blood sugars.

JMS