Diabetic Snacks – How to Choose The Healthy and Safe Ones?

by admin on October 14, 2017

First of all, the biggest problem and obstacle in managing diabetes is not about the choices we have for food, including snacks. The problem is in choosing the right ones. Diabetic snacks are defined as the type of snacks that are healthy and safe to eat for people who have type 2 diabetes. Let’s see what they are.

Diabetic Snacks – The Background

The reason why having diabetic snacks is good for you, is because it will help you in maintaining and managing your blood sugar level at a reasonable level. If you have a three meal a day plan like most people, you are not following a good plan. Your dietitian will tell you that the best way in keeping your blood sugar under control is by having a smaller meal but at a higher frequency, meaning instead of having three meals, you should have five meals a day just smaller in portion.

The reality is most people will neither have the time nor the patience to prepare and eat five meals everyday. Therefore the general consensus is to have three smaller meals, plus two snacks a day; one in mid morning and another in mid afternoon.

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Diabetic Snacks – The Options

Once you know what to prepare and to eat for those regular three meals, namely breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the next step is in knowing what to eat as diabetic snacks. Just like you have to be careful in choosing your regular meals, you have to be as careful in choosing the right diabetic snacks. Here is a list of diabetic snacks you can choose from. For ease of use, it is broken down into several categories.

Diabetic Snacks – fruits

Just like any other type of food, you have to be careful when choosing the right fruits to eat. Remember that you need to avoid fruits with high sugar content, so you need to eat fruits with low GI values.

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The following fruits have low GI values and are safe to eat: Cherries, grapefruits, prunes, dried apricots, apples, peaches, pears, and any berries, such as blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries.

The following fruits have medium GI values and should be eaten in moderation: Oranges, grapes, mangoes, and bananas.

The following fruits have high GI values and should be avoided:

Dates, watermelons, pineapples, cantaloupes, apricots, kiwis, and raisins.

Diabetic Snacks – Cereals

There are not that many cereals that you can eat. Most of them have medium GI values so they must be consumed in moderation: All Bran, Muesli, Bran Buds, and Oat Bran.

Do not eat the following cereals as they have a high GI values: Corn Flakes, Corn Chex, Rice Krispies, Cheerios, Bran Flakes, Special K, Raisin Bran, and Bran Chex.

Look at the type and content of those cereals by reading the labels carefully. You can eat, or avoid, other cereal brands if they are similar in content to the list above.

Diabetic snacks – other food

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There other diabetic snacks that you can eat: Peanuts, walnuts, cashews, and sunflower seeds. These are low in carbohydrates and sugars so they are low in GI values.

Try to avoid these foods: Pretzels, jelly beans, popcorn, corn chips, potato chips, and chocolate.

Is there any bakery that we can eat as snacks? Unfortunately there are not that many bakery products that are safe to eat, with the exception of pumpernickel and sourdough bread, as they are among the low to medium GI. You can also eat a few other bakery products as long as you pay very close attention to the amount.  For instance you can eat a small amount of banana bread or soda bread, as long as they are made with Splenda as an alternative sweetener.

Do not eat: Donuts, muffins, cheesecake, croissants, waffles, and any white bread as they are high in GI index values.

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