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When controlling diabetes, look beyond carbs

Published On: May 08 2014 10:00:31 AM CDT
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By Mayo Clinic News Network

When trying to control your diabetes, don't eat unlimited amounts of foods just because they're free of carbs (carbohydrates). Carbs aren't your only dietary consideration.

Eating a healthy, portion-controlled diet helps you manage your blood sugar levels and reduces your risk of diabetes-related conditions, such as heart disease and stroke. The best way to do this is to choose a variety of nutritious foods -- those rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber -- and limit foods that are high in cholesterol, saturated fat and sodium.

Consider the following sample breakfast menus. Although they provide almost the same number of carbs, breakfast No. 2 is a better choice because it's considerably higher in nutrients and lower in calories, fat and cholesterol.

 Carbs (g)Cholesterol (mg)Fat (g)Calories
2 fried eggs137010144
2 sausage links14013150
3/4 cup hash browns41014.5310
1 slice white toast15.50183
2 teaspoons butter020868
1/2 cup orange juice140059
1 cup black coffee0002
Totals72.543046.5816

 Carbs (g)Cholesterol (mg)Fat (g)Calories
3/4 cup cornflakes180075
1/2 banana13.50053
1 cup low-fat milk12122.5102
1 slice wheat toast14.50187
1 tablespoon peanut butter30895
1/2 cup orange juice140059
1 cup black coffee0002
Totals751211.5473

Source: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diabetes/expert-answers/diabetes/faq-20058545

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