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The Diabetic Food List
The categories for the food choice list are taken from the Diabetes Food Pyramid. They include six food groups. The Diabetes Food Pyramid starts with breads, grains, and other starches at the base and rises to fats, oils, and sweets at the top.
Categories from bottom up:

* Breads, grains, and other starches
* Vegetables
* Fruits
* Meat, meat substitutes, and other protein
* Dairy
* Fats, oils, and sweets

Diabetes Food List: Breads, Grains, and Other Starches
Best Choices
Worst Choices
Whole-grain flours, such as whole wheat flour
"White" flour
Whole grains, such as brown rice
Processed grains, such as white rice
Cereals containing whole-grain ingredients and little added sugar
Cereals with little whole grain and lots of sugar
Whole-grain bread
White bread
Baked potato or baked steak fries
French fries
Whole-grain flour or corn tortillas
Fried white-flour tortillas
Diabetes Food List: Vegetables
Best Choices
Worst Choices
Fresh vegetables, eaten raw or lightly steamed, roasted, or grilled

Frozen vegetables, lightly steamed
Canned vegetables with lots of added sodium

Vegetables cooked with lots of added butter, cheese, or sauce
Fresh cucumbers
Pickles (only if you need to limit sodium otherwise pickles are a good choice)
Fresh shredded cabbage or coleslaw
Sauerkraut, (same as pickles, limit only if you have high blood pressure)
Diabetes Food List: Fruits
Best Choices
Worst Choices
Frozen fruit or fruit canned in fruit juice
Canned fruit with heavy sugar syrup
Fresh fruit
Chewy fruit rolls
Sugar-free or low-sugar jam or preserves
Regular jam, jelly, and preserves (unless portion is kept small)
No-sugar-added applesauce
Sweetened applesauce
100% fruit juice or low-carb juices
Fruit punch, fruit drinks, fruit juice drinks, sweetened soda
Diabetes Food List: Meat, Meat Substitutes, and Other Protein
Best Choices
Worst Choices
Baked, broiled, grilled, or stewed meats
Fried meats
Lower-fat cuts of meat, such as top sirloin
Higher-fat cuts of meat, such as ribs
Turkey bacon
Pork bacon
Low-fat cheeses
Regular cheeses
Skinless breast of chicken or turkey
Poultry with skin
Baked, broiled, steamed, or grilled fish
Fried fish
Tofu lightly sauteed, steamed, or cooked in soup
Fried tofu
Baked or stewed beans
Beans prepared with lard
Diabetes Food List: Dairy
Best Choices
Worst Choices
1% or skim milk
Whole milk
Low-fat yogurt
Regular yogurt
Low-fat cottage cheese
Regular cottage cheese
Nonfat sour cream
Regular sour cream
Frozen low-fat, low-carb yogurt
Regular ice cream
Non-fat half and half
Regular half and half
Diabetes Food List: Fats, Oils, and Sweets
Best Choices
Worst Choices
Baked snacks, such as baked potato chips, baked corn chips, puffed rice, or corn snacks
Snacks fried in fat, such as potato chips, corn chips, pork rinds
Vegetable oils, non-hydrogenated butter spreads, margarine
Lard, hydrogenated vegetable shortening, butter
Reduced-fat mayonnaise

Light salad dressings
Regular mayonnaise

Regular salad dressings
Air-popped or calorie-controlled popcorn
Butter-flavored stove-top popcorn
Diabetes Food List: Beverages
Best Choices
Worst Choices
Water, unflavored or flavored sparkling water
Regular sodas
"Light" beer, small amounts of wine or non-fruity mixed drinks
Regular beer, fruity mixed drinks, dessert wines
Unsweetened tea (add a slice of lemon)
Sweetened tea
Coffee, black or with added low fat milk and sugar substitute
Coffee with sugar and cream
Home-brewed coffee and hot chocolate


Flavored coffees and chocolate drinks
Sport drinks
Energy drinks