What are good foods to eat on a diabetic diet?

Healthy eating is important to a diabetic person in keeping the blood glucose (better known as blood sugar) in the target range.  Physical activity is also important and, in some cases, diabetic medications are also used.  It is important that a diabetic person eat foods that are lower in sugar.  Eating small, evenly timed, complete meals is important to help maintain blood sugar levels.  It is highly recommended that a diabetic person eat foods that are high in fiber, such as oats, wheat, whole grains, brown rice, soybeans and peas.  Protein sources should come from lean cuts of meats (e.g. skinless chicken and turkey, lean pork and lean beef as well as fish), soy or dairy and be part of each major meal.  Beans, peas and sprouts (which are also high in fiber) are non-animal sources of protein.  Low-fat or skim milk and cheese are good ways to get protein in the diet as well as calcium.  Nuts, such as peanuts, sunflower kernels, pistachios and almonds (unsalted types are preferred) can be used as a great snack.  Fruits, such as apples, blueberries and strawberries are good to eat and also can be a great snack as well; even though they are high in sugar, the sugar is naturally occurring, which is better for diabetics.  Vegetables that are non-starchy, such as celery, spinach and lettuce are also important and a great choice to eat regularly.

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