University of Idaho Extension

Diabetes and diet

The goals of a diabetes diet are to ensure that you consume a healthy diet, keep your blood sugar under control, and maintain a healthy weight. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics defines a healthy diet as one that contains fruits and vegetables, whole grains, dried beans and lentils, fish, lean meats, non-fat dairy foods, and heart-healthy fats. Therefore, it’s not necessary to purchase special "diabetic" foods. You can maintain good blood sugar levels and a healthy weight by limiting your food portions. Eating too much of any food—even those considered to be healthy—can result in elevated blood sugar levels and/or weight gain. It’s easy to consume a healthy diabetes diet and limit food portions by following the Healthy Diabetes Plate method.



  • "This is so easy to understand"
    - A Healthy Diabetes Plate class participant