Common Food Myths for People with Diabetes Debunked

When you want something sweet…

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Instead of cake, cookies, or ice cream, try:

  • Sugar-free jello or hard candies (but always read the Nutrition Label on every food for serving size information)
  • Sugar-free hot cocoa
  • Fruit with cool whip
  • Lower fat cookies like ginger snaps, vanilla wafers, graham crackers, animal crackers (again, observe serving size)
  • No sugar added pudding or fudgsicles
  • Eating very small portions of your favorite treat

When you want something salty and crunchy…


Instead of potato chips or tortilla chips, try:

  • Low-sodium pretzels
  • Air-popped popcorn
  • Baked chips or baked tortilla chips
  • Cut raw veggies with low fat dip, salsa, or low fat cream cheese
  • Pickles

When you want something to drink…

Instead of soda or fruit punch, try:

  • Diet soda
  • Crystal light or other sugar-free beverages
  • Seltzer with just an ounce or two of fruit juice
  • Water with lemon juice

When you want fast food…

Instead of hamburgers or hotdogs, try:

  • Grilled or broiled chicken sandwiches
  • 1 slice of thin crust veggie pizza
  •  Low fat sub sandwiches

When you want “comfort food”…

Instead of high-fat, high-carb choices, try:

  • Macaroni and cheese cooked with fat-free evaporated milk, low fat cheese, and egg substitute
  • Mashed potatoes made with trans-fat free margarine and fat-free milk, or replace part of the potato with pureed cauliflower
  • Meatloaf made with ground turkey and egg substitute
  • Beef stew made with round cut beef, fewer potatoes, and more non-starchy vegetables like carrots, onions, green beans, and spinach
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