The Essential Diabetes Shopping List

Keep your blood sugar levels in check with these food suggestions.

The Essential Diabetes Shopping List

By Toni Gasparis

Certain types of foods are better for your blood sugar than others. If you are diabetic and struggle with finding the right foods to eat or if you have a family history of diabetes, check out these food suggestions for the next time you go to the store. Registered dietitian and author of the book Skinny Liver, Kristin Kirkpatrick has tips and tricks to make sure your trip to the grocery store is beneficial to your overall health.


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Bean and Seed Grains

If you have diabetes, you don’t have to forbid yourself from eating carbohydrates, you just have to be smart about the carbs you choose to eat. Eating bean, seed, and even nut-based carbs instead of traditional grains can help lower your blood sugar. For example, eating bean pasta instead of whole-wheat pasta or sprouted grain bread instead of wheat bread would be great nutritional swaps to make. Kirkpatrick suggests also creating competition in your body by pairing your carbs with protein or fat in order to stabilize your blood sugar. Carbs transition into glucose in the body to give you energy, but if eaten alone can cause a blood sugar spike in those with diabetes.