Navigating Food Labels for Pre-Diabetics and Type 2 Diabetics

Navigating Food Labels for Pre-Diabetics and Type 2 Diabetics

The Importance of Food Labels

When it comes to eating well and effectively managing blood sugar as a pre-diabetic or type 2 diabetic, it is important to understand food labels.

By understanding food labels, individuals can make informed choices that align with their health goals. It is also important to note that maintaining a healthy diet is a key part of managing blood sugar levels effectively.

Therefore, individuals should focus on eating a variety of nutrient-dense foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins to support their overall health and well-being.

Macros and Micros

One way to make informed health choices is by understanding the nutrition facts label. Each label provides information about the amounts per serving of the following six components:

  1. Calories
  2. Carbs
  3. Fat
  4. Fiber
  5. Protein
  6. Vitamins

Reading a Nutrition Facts Label

To make the most of the nutrition facts label, follow these three steps:

  1. Check the serving size.
  2. Determine the number of servings per container. For example, if a box of cookies has 6 servings and you consume the entire box, you are consuming 6 times the amount of calories, carbs, fat, etc. shown on the label.
  3. Pay attention to the carbohydrates section, which includes information about the type of carbs in the food, including sugar and fiber.

Pro tip: Look for foods that are high in fiber, minerals, and vitamins. Aim to choose foods with lower calories, saturated fat, sodium, and added sugar.

Here is a general rule of thumb to remember: prioritize foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals, protein, and fiber. Reduce your consumption of foods that contain high amounts of added sugar.

References:
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  2. https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/managing/eat-well/food-labels.html