Heart-Healthy Carbohydrate Choices for Diabetes
A heart-healthy diet can help prevent the complications of diabetes for years to come. Part of that healthy diet is learning to manage your intake of carbohydrate foods. You can do a lot to help your body work better by adopting and sticking to a heart-healthy diet.
When it comes to diabetes, food is medicine.
Carbohydrates are found in lots of different foods. But the healthiest carbohydrate choices include whole grains, vegetables, fruits, legumes, beans, and low-fat dairy products. The following table shows a single serving of carbohydrate-containing foods, which equals 15 grams.
|Food||One 15-Gram Serving|
|Apple or orange||medium sized|
|Bagel||1/2 small bagel|
|French fries||10 fries|
|Honeydew melon||1 cup|
|Hot cereal (oatmeal, grits)||1/2 cup, cooked|
|Orange juice||1/2 cup|
|Plain yogurt (no fruit)||2/3 cup|
|Popcorn||3 cups, popped|
|Pudding (sugar-free)||1/2 cup|
|Rice or pasta||1/3 cup, cooked|
|Unsweetened cereal||1/2 cup|
|White potato||3 ounces|