Free Foods in a Diabetic Diet

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Free Foods in a Diabetic Diet

Even though there are free foods on a diabetic diet it doesn’t mean that you don’t have to
pay for them. What it does mean is you can eat them freely without considering them an
exchange or counting them as carbohydrates. These are the kinds of foods that you are
going to want around the house in abundance for times when you are hungry and meal
time is still too far away to eat.

Free foods have little to no affect on blood sugars and that is why they can be eaten in
without counting them as part of a meal. Your diabetes educator or dietician will provide
you with a complete list but here are a few items that are normally considered free foods:

* Water and other water-based drinks (such as coffee and tea) that are sugar free
* Bouillon (beef or chicken broth)
* Sugar-free gelatin (flavored or not)
* Pickles
* Cream Cheese
* Unsweetened cocoa powder
* Rhubarb
* Cranberries
* Salsa

Many condiments are considered free foods too. When you are planning a snack or a
meal add some of the free foods such as salsa or cream cheese for variety or extra flavor.

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