Diabetes Friendly Foods

33 Diabetes Friendly Foods

When it comes to diabetes, the best treatment may very well be the foods you eat. Or don’t eat.

Diet plays a huge role in managing diabetes and maintaining blood sugar levels.

There are definitely foods that those with diabetes should avoid as much as possible. On that list are a lot of delicious options that can be hard to stay away from.

But there are a lot of health options for those with type 1 and type 2 diabetes that actually taste good. Below we’ll look at the foods that are generally considered to be the best ones to eat for those with diabetes.

33 Diabetes Friendly Foods

In no particular order, they are:

  1. Fatty Fish (ie. salmon, albacore tuna, mackerel, halibut, sardines)
  2. Eggs
  3. Avocados
  4. Beans
  5. Leafy Greens
  6. Garlic
  7. Strawberries
  8. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  9. Broccoli
  10. Cucumber
  11. Bell Peppers
  12. Squash
  13. Nuts and Seeds
  14. Chicken/Turkey (without the skin)
  15. Popcorn
  16. Blueberries
  17. Peaches
  18. Apples
  19. Lean meats
  20. Seafood (shrimp, crab, lobster, etc.)
  21. Cranberries
  22. Cinnamon
  23. Quinoa
  24. Sweet Potatoes
  25. Greek Yogurt
  26. Peanut Butter (natural)
  27. Asparagus
  28. Edamame
  29. Hummus
  30. Dark Chocolate (in moderation, of course!)
  31. Shirataki Noodles
  32. Chickpeas
  33. Wild Rice

Overview of Eating With Diabetes

Even with a lot of good options to choose from, it can be difficult to stick to diabetes friendly foods. But when you don’t, the consequences can be severe.

For those who are not able to manage their diabetes well, they can experience some serious health complications. These include heat disease, kidney disease (and kidney failure), nerve and vessel disease (which, if it gets too bad, can lead to a limb amputation) and even eye diseases including blindness.

The good news is that it’s never been easier to eat a diabetes friendly diet. There are hundreds (if not more) of recipes on the web of healthy, easy to prepare meals and snacks. You’re sure to find some delicious recipes that you’ll enjoy making and eating.

It’s also easier to find diabetes friendly foods in the supermarket as well.

More Information

The list above is not a full list. There are other diabetes friendly foods out there. We recommend doing your research and consulting with a nutrition expert and/or your doctor. With their help, you can come up with a meal plan that works for you.