Are you trying to plan food chart for someone having diabetes? If you are, then your primary concern must be the level of carbohydrate intake that may happen due to having a particular nature of food.
What are free foods?
While doing such planning, you may have come across the term” Free Food.” What exactly are such foods? They are foods which have very less carbohydrate and also have fewer calories. There are usually two types of such free food. Let us know about those.
Types of free foods
There are two types of such foods. Let us see those types.
Category 1: Though these types of foods are called free diabetic persons cannot have them in abundance. They have an amount of carbohydrate, but that will not affect the sugar level much. So, they can be taken in small proportion if wished. Foods that are included in this category have less than 5 grams of carbohydrate and less than 20 calories per serving. They must not be consumed more than three times daily.
The foods in this category are
- Barbecue sauce
- Cabbage, raw
- Candy, hard (regular or sugar-free)
- Carrots (cooked)
- Cauliflower (cooked)
- Cranberries (fresh &unsweetened)
- Cream cheese (fat-free)
- Creamer (non-dairy liquid & powder)
- Cucumber (sliced)
- Green beans (cooked)
- Honey mustard
- Jam or jelly (no sugar added)
- Margarine (fat-free)
- Mayonnaise (fat-free)
- Parmesan cheese
- Pickles (sweet, gherkin, bread and butter)
- Rhubarb (fresh, unsweetened, or with sugar rub)
- Salad dressing, fat-free or low-fat
- Sour cream, fat-free or reduced fat
- Soy sauce, light or regular
- Sweet chili sauce, Sour sauce
- Syrup (sugar free)
- Taco sauce
- Whipped topping, regular
- Whipped topping, fat-free or light
Category 2: These foods have so less of carbohydrate that diabetic persons can have a moderate amount of such food as and when desired. The intake of such food will not increase the level of blood sugar.
The foods are
- Bouillon or broth (regular or low sodium)
- Cocoa powder (unsweetened)
- Club soda
- Coffee (unsweetened or with artificial sweetener)
- Diet tonic water
- Diet soda
- Sugar-free drink mixes (such as sugar free Kool-Aid or Crystal Light)
- Flavoring extracts (i.e. vanilla, almond, etc.)
- Flavored water (carbohydrate free)
- Gelatin (sugar free)
- Herbs, fresh or dried
- Hot pepper sauce
- Lemon juice
- Nonstick cooking spray
- Salad greens
- Sugar substitutes
- Tea (unsweetened or with artificial sweetener)
- Worcestershire sauce
- Water (including carbonated or mineral)
While having such foods, you must consult your doctor to know the amount and the number of servings that you can have.