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Diabetics Can Have Cake and Eat It, Too

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"There was a concern that diabetes control would be threatened with any high-fat diet," Garg tells WebMD. "We found that this was not the case. So we can now offer people a choice of either a high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet or one that is high in monounsatuated fats."

Foods high in monounsaturated fats include most nuts, avocados, and olive, canola, and peanut oils. They have been shown to help lower the level of LDL "bad" cholesterol.

Other recommendations made by the ADA, and published in a supplement to the January issue of the journal Diabetes Care, include:

  • Foods containing carbohydrates from whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat milk should be included in a healthy diet.
  • The total amount of carbohydrates in meals or snacks is more important than the source or type.
  • Non-calorie sweeteners are safe when consumed within the acceptable daily intake levels established by the FDA.

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