Wednesday, April 21, 2010

To Eat or Not To Eat?

Here is a question I recently received from

Is it ok to eat peas & carrots if you have diabetes? I heard to avoid those two veggies.

Vegetables are something that you definitely do not want to avoid. However, with starchy vegetables, you need to monitor the portion sizes and what you eat them with.

Non-starchy vegetables are vegetables that you don not have to monitor your intake as carefully, as they do not affect your blood sugars. These include carrots, broccoli, lettuce, cauliflower, among many others. A reminder that portion sizes are 1 cup raw or 1/2 cup cooked serving.

The starchy vegetables are those you have to monitor, due to their carbohydrate content. Remember that these vegetables contain enough carbohydrate as blood sugars. Starchy vegetables include peas, corn, and potatoes. Again, portion sizes are 1 cup raw or 1/2 cup cooked serving.

Remember to "eat the rainbow"- eat a wide variety of starchy and non-starchy vegetables to obtain the maximum benefits friom your diet.

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