1.Which fruits have less sugar?
It depends on the serving size. A banana, a pear, a mango all have about 30 grams of carbohydrate, a ¼ of a cantaloupe, 1 ¼ cups of strawberries have about 15 grams of carbohydrate. Remember: All fruits have carbohydrate which can raise blood sugar (glucose) levels. To keep blood glucose under control, “budget” your carbohydrates; if your blood glucose levels are too high after meals, eat fewer carbohydrates.
2.Which foods cut fat?
The only foods that help you lose weight are those that remain uneaten on the plate. Low-calorie options such as vegetables allow you to eat more and eat fewer calories. Whole grains and beans are rich in fiber and increase satiety level.
3.What are the best cereals?
I will give you some of my favorites although this is not at all-inclusive list:Nature’s Path cereals such as Optimum Slim and Flax, General Mill’s Fiber One, Kashi Go Lean and Kashi Friends, All Bran and Bran Buds, Oats, Uncle Sam and Glucerna cereals. I usually buy cereals that list whole grains first. i.e. whole wheat, whole oats, etc.
4.Aren’t nuts loaded with cholesterol?
Nuts have fats but they have no cholesterol. Only foods that are animal based have cholesterol. Plant foods may have fat but no cholesterol. One handful of nuts is filling and nutritious.
5.How much sugar can I have?
Let me clarify: there are natural occurring sugars in foods with carbohydrates. The sugar listed on the food label is the sum of added sugars and naturally occurring sugars. To find out if the food has added sugar, look at the ingredient label. Common names for added sugars are: brown sugar, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, maltose, etc. Remember: The key to diabetes control is budgeting total carbohydrate, not just sugar.
6.Should I use butter or margarine?
Butter is high in saturated fat and low in trans fats. Stick margarine is lower in saturated fat and may be high in trans fats. Too much saturated fat raises bad (LDL) cholesterol. Too much trans fat raises bad (LDL) cholesterol and decreases good (HDL) cholesterol. Look for spray/liquid margarines and avoid stick margarines. If you still prefer to use butter, try whipped butter, and spread it thin.
7.Should I take vitamins?
A multivitamin may be beneficial. Select those that contain 100% DV. Don’t think that a multivitamin will redeem you from a multitude of food sins.
8.Is coffee bad?
These are a lot of contradictory studies about coffee. Some studies have suggested that there is a temporary rise in blood pressure and even blood glucose levels. If you enjoy it and it doesn’t make you anxious/nervous or cause you to lose sleep, enjoy it! Check your blood glucose levels after meals to check how coffee affects you.
9.Should I eat sugar-free ____?
Sugar-free cookies and cakes contain slightly less carbohydrate than their regular counterparts. The sugar is replaced with sugar alcohols which have minimal impact on blood glucose levels. Nevertheless, there are other arbohydrate sources such as flour. Sugar-free is neither calorie-free nor carbohydrate-free. Proceed with caution and still count the carbohydrates.
10. Can you give me low-carbohydrate options?
If you cringe at the thought of eating 1/3 cup of cooked rice or pasta, try: jicama (Mexican potato), winter squashes, rutabaga, parsnips, and turnips.