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Foods that help lower blood sugar

03/31/2006

Question:

The types of food that I can eat that will help lower my blood sugar

Answer:

Carbohydrates are the foods that elevate the blood glucose level the most. Proteins and fats can raise the blood glucose levels, but not as significantly as the carbohydrates. With this said, vegetables and protein sources (lean meats, chicken, fish, nuts, seeds, peanut butter, cheese) will have the least affect on your blood glucose levels. But it is not a good idea to completely cut out carbohydrates in your diet. It’s important to get a good variety of foods in your diet that will provide a good variety of nutrients. Carbohydrates are found in fruits, juices, breads, cereals, rice, pasta, potatoes, corn, peas, beans, dairy products and combination foods. The best choice for carbohydrates include ones with a high fiber content. Carbohydrates need to be budgeted to meet the level that your body can process. Good chooses for carbohydrates include whole grain breads, cereals, beans, fruits, and non-fat dairy products. Use these foods most of the time and try to limit processed, pre-packages and foods that contain little nutrients.

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Response by:

Ann J Hornsby, MEd, RD, LD, CDE, PC Ann J Hornsby, MEd, RD, LD, CDE, PC
Formerly
Case Western Reserve University

Laurie   Sadler, MD Laurie Sadler, MD
Formerly, Assistant Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University