Diabetic Diet Guidelines

By EatingWell Editors

Tips to keep your blood sugar in check and help prevent diabetes.

5. Use good fats.

Season dishes with moderate amounts of olive oil and the other “good fats” that make food tastier and more satisfying. At the same time, keep a watchful eye on saturated fat and trans fats. Limit saturated fats to less than 7 percent and trans fats to less than 1 percent of total calories; restrict cholesterol intake to less than 200 mg/day. Do this by limiting fatty meat and full-fat dairy products (which supply saturated fats and cholesterol) and processed foods (which tend to be packed with partially hydrogenated oils, a.k.a. trans fats).

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