What's On Your Plate? Learn What A Diabetic Should Have At Every Meal

For people with diabetes, good health begins in the blood. The body’s inability to convert sugar, starches and other foods into energy means diet is the key to blood sugar control. The American Diabetes Association recommends a diet that contains the right amounts of vegetables, protein, fruits and whole grains. Divide your plate into three categories to ensure you get the proper nutrition each meal.

½: Nonstarchy vegetables—cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, green beans
¼: Whole grains or starchy foods—pasta, rice, bread, potatoes, beans
¼: Protein—meat, fish, poultry, eggs, tofu, peanut butter
Also, try adding a piece of fruit and a glass of nonfat milk to complete your well-balanced meal.

The Diabetes & Nutrition Education Center at Gwinnett Medical Center, is Atlanta’s premier resource to meet your diabetes, nutrition and health needs. We are committed to delivering high quality education. Committed to excellence, our staff is a professional team of nurses and registered dietitians, many specially trained and certified in diabetes education and weight management. 


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