Best And Worst Foods In Diabetes

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Best And Worst Foods

Best And Worst Foods

Managing Diabetes
Best And Worst Foods



Diabetes: Best And Worst Foods


What you eat is very important when you have diabetes. Some options are definitely better than others, but remember you do not need to stop eating your favourites completely. Maintaining a balance is the key; try to stick to the best options to manage your diabetes efficiently.1  



  • Prefer eating citrus fruits like oranges, lemons and limes and get part of your daily share of fiber and vitamin C2
  • Prefer eating whole grains, such as brown rice, oatmeal, millet or amaranth as well as items made with whole grains1
  • Go for a variety of colours with your vegetables, and include veggies like spinach, onions, brinjal, capsicum, cauliflower, cabbage in your diet1,3 
  • Nuts such as almonds, walnuts serve to be a great replacement to your daily snacks, you can also sprinkle them on your salads or curd for added nutrition
  • Prefer having water, unsweetened tea or coffee to avoid unnecessary intake of calories, sugar and salt1



  • Avoid eating high amounts of fruits like watermelon, bananas, papaya, pineapple and figs since they cause a rapid increase in blood sugar3
  • Avoid processed grains such as white rice or white flour, breakfast cereals with whole grains and lots of sugar, white bread1
  • Avoid eating a lot of vegetables like beetroot, potatoes, pumpkin and corn since these foods can quickly increase your blood glucose3
  • Do not forget to reduce your intake of ketchup, packaged soups or gravies, salty snacks since too much salt increases risk of high blood pressure5
  • Avoid drinks like regular sodas, sweetened tea or coffee and energy drinks since these do not help you nutrition-wise1


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*This is for patient education purposes only. Please consult your doctor/healthcare practitioner before starting any diet, medication or exercise.


  1. WebMD. Best and Worst Foods for Diabetes. Available from: Last updated: 19/12/2017. As accessed on: 27/4/2018.
  2. American Diabetes Association. Diabetes Super Foods. Available from: As accessed on: 27/4/2018.
  3. Glycemic index food list. Available from: As accessed on: 27/4/2018.
  4. WebMD. Top 10 Super-Foods for Type 2 Diabetes. Available from: Last updated: 16/2/2015. As accessed on: 27/4/2018.
  5. WebMD. Does Your Diabetes Diet Give You What You Need? Available from: Last updated: 8/5/2016. As accessed on: 27/4/2018.