Diabetic Diet (cont.)

Fats and Sweets

Limit the amount of fats and sweets you eat. Fats and sweets are not as nutritious as other foods. Fats have a lot of calories. Sweets can be high in carbohydrate and fat. Some contain saturated fats, trans fats, and cholesterol that increase your risk of heart disease. Limiting these foods will help you lose weight and keep your blood glucose and blood fats under control.

The Food Pyramid, with the fats and sweets section enlarged to show drawings of oil, margarine, pie, soda pop, and other fats and sweets.

Examples of fats include

salad dressing butter avocado
oil margarine olives
cream cheese mayonnaise bacon

Examples of sweets include

cake pie cookies
ice cream syrup doughnuts

How much is a serving of sweets?

Example of 1 serving: 1 3-inch cookie or 1 plain cake doughnut or 4 chocolate kisses or 1 tablespoon maple syrup.

How much is a serving of fat?

Example of 1 serving: 1 strip of bacon or 1 teaspoon of oil.
Example of 2 servings: 1 tablespoon regular sald dressing or 2 tablespoons light salad dressing plus 1 tablespoon light mayonnaise.

How can I satisfy my sweet tooth?

Try having sugar-free popsicles, diet soda, fat-free ice cream or frozen yogurt, or sugar-free hot cocoa mix.

Other tips:

  • Share desserts in restaurants.
  • Order small or child-size servings of ice cream or frozen yogurt.
  • Divide homemade desserts into small servings and wrap each individually. Freeze extra servings.

Remember, fat-free and low-sugar foods still have calories. Talk with your diabetes teacher about how to fit sweets into your meal plan.

Alcoholic Drinks

Alcohol has calories but no nutrients. If you drink alcohol on an empty stomach, it can make your blood glucose level too low. Alcohol also can raise your blood fats. If you want to drink alcohol, talk with your doctor or diabetes teacher about how it fits into your meal plan.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/7/2014

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