The Diabetic food List

Welcome to the Diabetic Food List! Whether you’re pre-diabetic, diagnosed with diabetes, or just concerned about your health, this list of power foods suitable for diabetics should help you with whatever you’re looking for.

Let’s face it—diets can only go so far. They require significant time and effort to commit to, and depending on where you live, there can be numerous challenges such as the cost of plausible foods involved. As this website is meant to cater to an international audience rather than one from a specific country, region, or continent, this food list is meant to serve as a general guide to what foods you should be eating rather than specific serving suggestions.

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While going through the list of foods, it’s also important to remember that you shouldn’t adhere to the letter of the list so much as you should the spirit of it. The consumption of any food—not just the ones listed here—are best done in moderation, and the inclusion of a food on this list does not imply a free-for-all, buffet-style feeding. A helpful guide to eating is to not eat portions that you wouldn’t usually with regular food.

The average caloric requirement is pegged at 2,000 calories per day, which is the minimum amount of calories needed to function normally. This number is slightly more if you’re active, and specific calorie needs are always slightly more or less if calculated based on one’s height, weight, age, etc.

With that in mind, check out the list below, and be sure to read up on each one to know what's good and not good for you.

Alcohol

If you’ve already read up on our other articles regarding what foods make up a good diet for diabetics and pre-diabetics, then this one is a doozy for people who are considering where their favourite alcoholic beverages fit in.

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Avocado

Avocado is a fruit often covered in a brown or green skin, containing a creamy pale yellow-green fleshy pulp and seed at the centre. Also referred to as the alligator pear, the fruit is one of few with the highest mono-unsaturated fat content, the good kind. 

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Broccoli

Broccoli is a vegetable under the cabbage family that is green in colour, resembling a small tree with ‘branches’ forming its stems and the ‘tree’ forming the leaves of the plant. It has a high resemblance to cauliflower, another cultivar group under the same species of the broccoli.

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Coffee

Coffee is derived from roasted seeds of the Coffea plant, which in turn are harvested from the coffee berries that are grown on trees. Be it instant or brewed coffee, this morning brew is one of the most widely drank beverages around the world.

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Flax Seeds

Flax seeds (not to be confused with flaxseed) are derived from the flax plant, a crop that supplies both food and fibre. It is rich in fibre and omega-3 fatty acids, and has a high glycemic index (GI)—three attributes that make it invaluable to those who are looking for a natural food-based palliative to their existing medical conditions.

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Oatmeal

Oatmeal is made from the oat groat, which in its raw form is inedible. Oatmeal comes in many forms, including steel-cut oats, stone-ground oats, rolled oats, and instant oats. It’s the perfect food for diabetics and non-diabetics alike due to how compact it is with nutritional content. 

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Whole Grains

Just like oatmeal, whole grain foods have a low glycemic index (GI) compared to white flour and refined flour-based foods. Diabetics and pre-diabetics who need to constantly monitor their blood sugar levels will benefit from consuming whole grain foods due to the slow release of carbohydrates into the bloodstream, compared with white flour and refined flour foods.

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Salmon

Salmon is rich in protein and fat while containing virtually next to no carbohydrates, making it the perfect meat for diabetic and pre-diabetics patients alike.

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As always, the site-wide disclaimer applies to this list as well: Do not ignore your existing food allergies and pre-existing dietary restrictions in favour of the list. The food list makes no claims whatsoever as to improving one’s existing medical conditions. It is presented as-is, and at no time should information of any sort be taken as a directive. Should you have a medical question, please contact a licensed doctor, physician, or food nutritionist.