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Smart Snacking Tips for People with Diabetes

Snacking is no longer a must, even with some diabetes medications such as insulin, and it might even be making your weight or blood glucose goals hard to reach. Hope Warshaw, R.D., CDE, contributing editor to Diabetic Living and author of Diabetes Meal Planning Made Easy, fourth edition (American Diabetes Association, 2010), shares these snacking tips.

Snack on healthful foods if such snacks help you squelch out-of-control eating. A piece of fruit in the afternoon might tame your hunger just enough to hold you over until dinner.

Don't snack if it leads to overeating. Even an extra 50 calories twice a day can stand between you and a tighter notch on your belt.

Snack if it helps you meet nutrition needs and fit in the food groups you need for the day, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and nuts.

Don't snack just to prevent low blood sugars. Years ago, when few types of medications were available, snacks were necessary to prevent blood glucose from dropping too low between meals. That's not the case with many of today's blood glucose-lowering medications. If you regularly experience lows, talk to your provider about decreasing or changing medications.

Snack only if it helps you fit in healthy choices and avoid eating too much at meal time.

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