Nutrition & Diabetes

Archive for February 2011

This week’s is: I love cereal and with my new diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, I’m wondering if I can still have cereal in my diet.  Are there any types to avoid?

According to the American Diabetes Association and American Dietetic Association’s Choose Your Foods: Exchange Lists for Diabetes, people with diabetes can eat anything.  The thing to keep in mind is that you are consuming a balanced meal that contains carbohydrates, fat, and protein.

You can still have cereal as long you are not eating an excess amount of it. Enjoy your favorite cereal, but try to eat within the serving size or at least do not go over two servings in one meal.  If you eat more than one serving, then you will need to look out for the other carbohydrate rich foods you are consuming with that meal.  The consumption of too much carbohydrates in one meal can cause blood sugar levels to skyrocket.

Here are some examples of one serving size of cereal, which is equal to 15 grams of carbohydrates.

15 grams of carbohydrates = 1 serving of a carbohydrate type food

Look at those food labels when you are choosing your cereal.

Bran cereals = 1/2 cup

Cooked (oats, oatmeal) = 1/2 cup

Puffed cereal = 1  1/2 cup

Shredded wheat, plain cereal = 1/2 cup

Sugar-coated cereal = 1/2 cup

unsweetened, ready-to-eat cereal = 3/4 cup


This week’s question is: I found out I have pre-diabetes.  I’m very confused and don’t know what I should do to treat it.  My friend told me to avoid all fruits.  Could you help me with how to treat my new diagnosis and if it’s ok to eat fruit?

If you were diagnosed with pre-diabetes, the first resort would be diet and exercise.  This is your best defense for fighting off diabetes.  Therefore, you still have a chance to turn it around.

As far as fruit, you do not have to avoid all fruits.  You can still enjoy fruit as long as you are not eating excess amounts of it at one time. One serving of fruit has 15 grams of carbohydrates.   If you eat more than one serving of fruit in a meal, it is not that bad as long as you are not eating more than two servings.   In addition, I would limit the amount of other carbohydrates you are eating with that meal that you added fruit.

Enjoy your fruits because they are good for you.  As long as you eat them in moderation, you should be okay.  Keep in mind the average adult should consume about two servings of fruit a day.

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About Me

Iris M. Pacheco, MS, RD, LD/N

This was a blog I wrote during 2010-2011 while I was a dietetics and nutrition student.

Through this blog I volunteered to answer questions from people with diabetes that were submitted to is a website that helps people with diabetes make better food choices. It holds of large databases of food items and gives recommendations on which foods to have "More Often," "In Moderation," or "Less Often."

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