Nutrition is such an essential part of diabetes management that it’s no surprise the American Diabetes Association has created many materials about what to eat. One of the most popular guides is a nutrition booklet published originally in 1950 by the U.S. Public Health Service, the American Diabetes Association, and the American Dietetic Association (now the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics). It’s now in its seventh edition as Choose Your Foods: Food Lists for Diabetes. A dedicated group of dietitians volunteered and revised the booklet to reflect current eating patterns and grocery store items.
Choose Your Foods: Exchange Lists for Diabetes has been designedto assist in translating evidence-based nutrition recommendations into foodchoices that promote the pleasure of eating healthfully. Key diabetesnutrition recommendations include adjusting insulin doses to matchcarbohydrate intake, maintaining consistency in carbohydrate intake, managingweight, increasing fiber to meet the Adequate Intake (14 g/1,000 kcal)recommended by the Dietary Reference Intakes(DRIs), limitingsaturated fats to trans fat,lowering cholesterol to
The 2008 Exchange Lists for Meal Planning has been given a newtitle, Choose Your Foods: Exchange Lists for Diabetes, and an updatedlook grounded in evidence-based nutrition recommendations, input fromstakeholders, and the current food marketplace. It retains the validatedsystem of dividing food into groups of similar nutrient content and featuresmore foods, practical tips, and helpful information designed to make it easierfor individuals with diabetes to enjoy the pleasure of eating healthfully.