If you have diabetes, it is recommended that you follow a healthy eating plan based on plenty of vegetables and legumes (such as chickpeas, lentils, low-salt baked beans and kidney beans). Include some high-fibre carbohydrate foods such as wholegrain breads and cereals and fruit, as well as some lean protein sources and reduced-fat dairy products. Reduce your intake of saturated (unhealthy) fat and added sugars, and choose foods low in salt.
Reducing the serving size of your meals can also help you to maintain a healthy body weight and allows for better blood glucose management. It is recommended that you see a dietitian who can work with you to develop a healthy eating plan that is just right for you.
If you have diabetes, healthy eating can help you to:
- maintain general good health
- better manage your blood glucose levels
- achieve target blood lipid (fat) levels
- maintain a healthy blood pressure
- maintain a healthy body weight
- prevent or slow the development of diabetes complications.