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Diabetes Food Pyramid

Fruits

Suggestions for this level of the Diabetes Food Pyramid include:
 
  • Choose whole fruits more often than juices. They have more fiber.
  • Choose fruits and fruit juices without added sweeteners or syrups.
  • Choose citrus fruit such as oranges, grapefruit, or tangerines.
     
A serving can be:
 
  • 1 small fresh fruit
  • 1/2 cup canned fruit
  • 1/4 cup dried fruit
  • 1/2 cup fruit juice.
     

Milk

Suggestions for this level of the Diabetes Food Pyramid include:
 
  • Choose low-fat or nonfat milk or yogurt.
  • Yogurt has natural sugar in it. It can also have added sugar or artificial sweeteners. Yogurt with artificial sweeteners has fewer calories than yogurt with added sugar.
     
A serving can be:
 
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup yogurt.
     

Meat and Meat Substitutes

Suggestions for this level of the Diabetes Food Pyramid include:
 
  • Choose fish and poultry more often. Remove the skin from chicken and turkey.
  • Select lean cuts of beef, veal, pork, or wild game.
  • Trim all visible fat from meat.
  • Bake, roast, broil, grill, or boil instead of frying or adding fat.
     
A serving can be:
 
  • 2 to 3 ounces cooked lean meat, poultry, or fish
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup tuna or cottage cheese
  • 2 to 3 ounces cheese
  • 1 egg*
  • 2 Tbsp. peanut butter*
  • 4 ounces tofu*.
     
* equivalent to 1 ounce of meat
 
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