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Heart-Healthy Carbohydrate Choices for Diabetes

Part of the Diabetes Meal Planning & Nutrition For Dummies Cheat Sheet

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
Banana     1/2 medium
Bread 1 slice
French fries 10 fries
Honeydew melon 1 cup
Hot cereal (oatmeal, grits) 1/2 cup, cooked
Milk 1 cup
Orange juice 1/2 cup
Plain yogurt (no fruit) 2/3 cup
Popcorn 3 cups, popped
Pudding (sugar-free) 1/2 cup
Raisins 2 tablespoons
Raspberries 1 cup
Rice or pasta 1/3 cup, cooked
Unsweetened cereal 1/2 cup
White potato 3 ounces
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