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Diabetes Food Pyramid

Fats, Sweets, and Alcohol

People with diabetes need to limit their consumption of foods at this level of the Diabetes Food Pyramid.
 
Fats
It's important for people with diabetes to limit the fat in their diet. People with diabetes should:
 
  • Eat less fat in general.
  • Eat less saturated fat. It is found in meat and animal products, such as hamburger, cheese, bacon, and butter.
     
Saturated fat is usually solid at room temperature.
 
A serving can be:
 
  • 1/8 avocado
  • 1 Tbsp. cream cheese or salad dressing
  • 1 tsp. butter, margarine, oil, or mayonnaise
  • 10 peanuts.
     
Sweets
People with diabetes need to limit the amount of sweets in their diet. Here are some suggestions for dealing with sweets:
 
  • Choose sweets less often because they are high in fat and sugar.
  • When you do eat sweets, make them part of your healthy diet. Don't eat them as extras.
     
A serving can be:
 
  • 1/2 cup ice cream
  • 1 small cupcake or muffin
  • 2 small cookies.
     
Alcohol
If you choose to drink alcohol, limit the amount, and have it with a meal. Check with your healthcare professional about a safe amount for you.
 
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