Meals that are high in fat may contribute to insulin resistance, thus making your diabetes more difficult to manage. People with diabetes are also at greater risk for heart disease and stroke. Saturated and trans fat are associated with high cholesterol and risk of heart disease so avoid these fats as much as possible.
The Canadian Diabetes Association recommends that less than 30% of total calories in your diet come from fat. Look for products that are high in monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fats. Some good choices are: nuts, peanut butter, avocado, canola oil, olive oil and light mayonnaise.
There are many new “better for you” snack food options now available. Many packaged foods such as cookies and crackers are being made trans fat free and low in saturated fat.
If high blood pressure is a concern try to limit your sodium intake to 1500 mg per day.
Keep in mind that if weight loss is a priority for you that all fats are high in calories relative to their weight. Stick to appropriate portion sizes.
Here are some great-tasting choices to help you when planning daily meals and snacks. A Registered Dietitian (RD) or Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) will help you understand how these foods fit into your meal plan.