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American Diabetes Assoc Diet

What is the American Diabetes Assoc Diet all about? Where can I find some useful information?
(June 22, 2008)

American Diabetes Assoc Diet 

The American Diabetes Association recommends a healthy and balanced diet with a right eating pattern. Including an array of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, cereals, pulses and legumes is recommended. According to the ADA American Diabetes Association, a diabetic meal plan is followed in four ways, namely,

  • The plate system
  • Food guide pyramid
  • Exchange lists and
  • Carbohydrate counting.

The Plate system calls for quarter plate of cereals, grains, pasta and other starchy foods. Protein foods fill the other quarter, such as eggs, tofu, fish, poultry and meat.

The other half is filled with vegetables of all colours, namely cucumber, broccoli, carrots, tomatoes and so on. A glass of milk or a small piece of fruit are added to the plate and consumed.

Food is divided into six groups in the Food guide pyramid. About six to eleven servings of cereals in the whole form are considered. Three to five servings of vegetables and two to four servings of fruits are helpful. Restriction of sweets and fats is recommended. Carbohydrate counting is useful in keeping a check on the carbohydrate. High calorie foods are avoided. About 1600 calories are allowed, based on the body weight of the individual. Lean meats are replaced for red meat. Skin is removed from the poultry, such as turkey and chicken, prior to cooking.

Dried beans and lentils provide protein, in addition to egg, poultry and fish. Vegetables and fresh fruits of yellow, green and orange colours are chosen. Portion controlling is vital, especially while eating at restaurants. Avoid second servings and desserts. Desserts are loaded with fat and calories. Alcoholic beverages are avoided. Carbonated or fizzy drinks, such as soda or others are not recommended, especially with junk foods, such as French fries, pizzas and so on.

Submitted by E L on June 22, 2008 at 11:41


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