What makes a diabetic friendly food?

Diabetic friendly foods can be hard to find, until you know where to look!

Extend Nutrition Snacks, on the other hand, are simple, convenient diabetic foods. Each snack is uniquely made to help control blood sugar for up to 9 hours.

Invented by Dr. Francine Kaufman, Extend Nutrition Snacks contain the right balance of nutritients to help stabilize blood sugar.

To find out what makes a diabetes friendly food, watch the video below. You can also take a look at the list below the video, which outlines where to look on a Nutrition Facts Panel to choose foods that are diabetic friendly.


Extend Bar Chocolate Delight Nutrition Facts

Low in Fat (4g or less); and Trans Fat Free

Diabetes and heart conditions go hand in hand.  Saturated fats and Trans fats raise LDL (bad) cholesterol.  

(Cholesterol free foods are generally good for the heart.)

High Soluble Fiber

 Soluble fiber improves blood sugar control, promotes satiety and doesn’t spike blood sugar.

Low Sugar (<3g), Low simple carbs (aka Net Carbs)

Sugar and simple carbs spike blood sugar which in turn raises insulin levels (for people that do produce insulin.)  Insulin stores fat that causes weight gain and insulin resistance.

Also, simple carbs are quickly metabolized leading to hunger pangs and higher food consumption.

Lean Protein ( from plant sources like soy)

Protein doesn’t spike blood sugar and also promotes satiety.  

Lean protein is not a significant source of saturated fats.

Foods with “good” fats

Mono-unsaturated fats, poly-unsaturated fats, and Omega 3 fats can lower LDL and total cholesterol, as well as triglycerides (blood fats).

Saturated fats and Trans fats are “bad” fats that should be avoided.                                   

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