A balanced diet is a sweet way to live

A balanced diet is a sweet way to live
Updated 06 January 2015

A balanced diet is a sweet way to live

A balanced diet is a sweet way to live

There are no foods that are completely forbidden for people with diabetes.
If you’re already a sensible eater, you don’t have to make big changes to your diet, you just have to be more aware of how much of a good thing is too much.
Carbohydrates (“carbs” for short), including foods such as fruits, bread, rice, pasta and corn, can and should be part of your daily balanced meal plans.
For all carbs, including sweets, it’s really how much carbohydrate you eat at one time that matters most for blood sugar control.
Many foods contain carbs, from bread to milk to lollipops.
Some sources of carbs are healthier than others. The healthy sources of carbs provide energy (calories), vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber.
The less healthy carbs include added sugars which provide calories but little, if any, other nutritional value.

What do carbohydrates do to blood glucose?

Carbohydrates are the body’s main energy source. All carbohydrates break down into sugar in our blood, which is then stored and used for energy.
When you have diabetes, you are not able to transport the sugar in the blood to its storage area.
So eating too much carbohydrate results in high blood sugar levels, while too little can result in low blood sugars.

Should you avoid carbs?

No! You need to eat healthy carbs for energy and good nutrition. To control your blood glucose levels, day in and day out, it’s best to eat similar amounts of healthy carbs at similar times.

Healthy carbohydrates

Starches (i.e., whole-grain breads and crackers)
Grains (i.e., whole-grain cereals and pastas)
Starchy vegetables (i.e., corn, peas)
Non-starchy vegetables (i.e., broccoli, lettuce)
Dairy foods-low fat or fat free (i.e., milk, yogurt)
Less Healthy Carbs
Sugar-sweetened (or “full calorie”) soda
Fruit or sport drinks with added sugar
Candy (all types)
Cookies, cakes, pies
High calorie, high-fat dairy desserts (i.e., ice cream, sweetened yogurt, and flavored milks)
Why carb counting counts.

One of the keys to living well with diabetes is keeping blood glucose levels in the range recommended for you throughout the day. It helps those living with diabetes feel better and minimizes complications.
That’s why carb counting counts. Now how do you do it?
Read the nutritional labels on food packaging, adding up the carb grams listed per serving.
Track your carbohydrate choices. Each “carb choice” contains approximately 15 grams of carbohydrate per serving.
Your doctor, registered dietitian or diabetes educator can help you determine your recommended daily carb intake and how to carb count.
You can also make many delicious foods and treats-with less sugar-by using recipes made with Splenda No Calorie Sweetener and other Splenda Sweeteners.
If you enjoy sweets, you can plan for the occasional sweet treat, making your meals more interesting and varied, and something you can stick with.
Splenda Sweetener Products have been used safely by millions of people around the world for more than 20 years, supported by research data from more than 110 studies.  
Both the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) support the use of low calorie sweeteners such as sucralose as a useful tool in managing weight and diabetes. 
— This is a press release.