When controlling diabetes, look beyond carbs

Eating healthy, well-balanced diets are best for diabetes

By Mayo Clinic News Network

When trying to control your diabetes, don't eat unlimited amounts of foods just because they're free of carbs (carbohydrates). Carbs aren't your only dietary consideration.

Eating a healthy, portion-controlled diet helps you manage your blood sugar levels and reduces your risk of diabetes-related conditions, such as heart disease and stroke. The best way to do this is to choose a variety of nutritious foods -- those rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber -- and limit foods that are high in cholesterol, saturated fat and sodium.

Consider the following sample breakfast menus. Although they provide almost the same number of carbs, breakfast No. 2 is a better choice because it's considerably higher in nutrients and lower in calories, fat and cholesterol.

Source: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diabetes/expert-answers/diabetes/faq-20058545