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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High-Fiber Foods

Having fiber in your diet is key if you have diabetes because it takes longer for your body to digest which means it affects your blood glucose levels at a slower rate. Soluble fiber specifically, that is found in items like oatmeal, legumes, fruits, and vegetables, is the best type of fiber to consume because it can also decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease which Kirkpatrick says you are more likely to be diagnosed with if you also have diabetes. Make sure to get the recommended 25-38 grams of fiber into your day to regulate both your digestive system and your blood pressure.

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