Managing diabetes: Looking beyond carbs

Rochester, Minnesota - No, 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.

Breakfast No. 1
 Carbs (g)Cholesterol (mg)Fat (g)Calories
2 fried eggs 1 370 10 144
2 sausage links 1 40 13 150
3/4 cup hash browns 41 0 14.5 310
1 slice white toast 15.5 0 1 83
2 teaspoons butter 0 20 8 68
1/2 cup orange juice 14 0 0 59
1 cup black coffee 0 0 0 2
Totals 72.5 430 46.5 816
Breakfast No. 2
 Carbs (g)Cholesterol (mg)Fat (g)Calories
3/4 cup cornflakes 18 0 0 75
1/2 banana 13.5 0 0 53
1 cup low-fat milk 12 12 2.5 102
1 slice wheat toast 14.5 0 1 87
1 tablespoon peanut butter 3 0 8 95
1/2 cup orange juice 14 0 0 59
1 cup black coffee 0 0 0 2
Totals 75 12 11.5 473

 

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