Basic Nutrition for People with Diabetes

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Although foods contain many nutrients, it is easiest to categorize them in three groups: carbohydrates, proteins, and fats.

• Carbohydrate foods include bread, potatoes, rice, crackers, cookies, sugar, fruit, vegetables, and pasta. When digested, carbohydrates provide fuel for energy.

• Protein foods include meat, poultry, fish, eggs, cheese, dried beans, and legumes. When digested, protein is used to build and repair your body. Some protein may also be used as fuel for energy.

• Fat foods include butter, margarine, cooking oil, cream, bacon, and nuts. When digested, fats are stored as fat cells or later used as fuel for energy.

Your meal plan will include carbohydrates, proteins and fats in amounts that will promote good diabetes control while providing adequate fuel for energy and building and repairing your body.

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