Diabetes: Low Carb Snack Options

Some carbohydrates can cause your blood sugar levels to spike. Because of this fact you are advised to follow a diabetes low carb diet in order to prevent any unpleasant complications. 

Calculating the Right Amount of Carbohydrates

There are plenty of factors that influence the necessary amount of carbohydrates. Depending on your body type and whether you are overweight or not, your healthcare provider will determine how many grams of carbohydrates you need.  

What Foods to Avoid?

It is best to exclude carbohydrate rich foods from your diet if you suffer from diabetes. Some of the foods that should be avoided include:

  • starchy foods such as bread, rice, and cereal
  • fruits and juice
  • milk other dairy products
  • dried beans such as pinto beans
  • snack foods and sweets such as cookies, chips and sodas
  • starchy vegetables such as potatoes

Low Carb Vegetables

Most vegetables contain carbohydrates, but potatoes distinguish through their high content. Low carb vegetables include:

  • Cucumber
  • Avocado
  • Mushrooms
  • Celery
  • Greens
  • Radishes

These are also able to regulate the blood cholesterol levels, besides controlling the blood sugar. Following a low fat diet is indicated when you have diabetes, as saturated fats increase the blood cholesterol, and thus, elevate the risk of heart disease. This type of affliction is among the most common complications experienced by diabetics.


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  • Jer

    Well… some good info here, but details are lacking. Most bread and rice have loads of carbs, sure, but flatbread and certain tortillas (sante fe tortilla company have EXCELLENT lo-carb tortillas that aren’t brittle)isn’t as bad and while oatmeal is crazy high in carbs, other cereals like Cheerios aren’t too bad if you stick to the serving size and have skim milk with it. Cutting fruit out of your diet will do more harm than good:just pay attention to the carb count. Bananas are high, but if you had, say, a half of a banana (~15 carbs) with some skim milk and cereal for breakfast, your meal would be around 40 carbs which is a bit more than what’s recommended for most (~30 carbs), but still not bad. Beans are bad, pretty much any veggie is okay too, but yup, the potatoes and many root-based veggies are starchy. You just have to quick look at the info on the product or look it up online before eating–I try to go 30-35 carbs per meal and ~15 carbs for my two snacks in-between. I also try to have most of my sugars come in naturally-occurring forms, like fruit. I’ve almost cut out dessert completely because I see fruit as my sweet treat; hard at first but you can do it with discipline. It can be extremely hard to control potion size too, but what helps me get through making every meal is thinking “I can eat more of the wrong things and have maybe five quick minutes of taste pleasure before I end up feeling bogged-down and sluggish afterwards; or I can ensure my health and feel great with more energy if I eat portion-sized meals from a smaller plate.” Have a “cheat meal” or two (at most) a week, making sure to eat portion sizes of the bad stuff still, and you’ll appreciate the taste more. I actually find that I want to avoid “bad foods” when I have cheat meals, because afterwards my body reacts more strongly to grease and fat in high concentration, like it’s saying “Oh man, what the heck did you just throw in us?! We’re not a trash can! Get something in us we can actually USE, buddy!” haha. Good luck!