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5 Foods You May Think Are Unhealthy For Diabetes–BUT AREN’T

OF COURSE, SOME FOODS ARE BETTER FOR YOU THAN OTHERS, BUT HERE WE DISPEL MYTHS AND LAY OUT THE FACTS

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If you have diabetes, you may have heard that some foods are good for you and some are not. While these tips may help you choose healthier options such as vegetables, and limit added sugars, you may also be avoiding foods that you think are bad for your condition but are really not.

The following are five foods many people say you should avoid, but you actually don’t have to: sugar, beets, carrots, grapes and rice.

 

Read up on the facts behind the myths surrounding these five foods.

Lorena Drago, MS, RD, CDN, CDE (5 Articles)

Lorena Drago, MS, RD, CDN, CDE is a registered dietitian, consultant and certified diabetes educator.

 

Lorena specializes in the multicultural aspects of diabetes self-management education and is an expert in developing culturally and ethnically-oriented nutrition and diabetes education materials. She founded Hispanic Foodways, which received the New York City Small Business Award in 2006. She developed the Nutriportion™ Measuring Cups that has the calorie and carbohydrate amounts of common foods embossed on each cup and the Nutriportion™ Hispanic Food Cards that have pictures and nutrition composition of common Hispanic foods.

 

Lorena served on the American Association of Diabetes Educators board of directors from 2006-2010, Chair for Latinos and Hispanics in Dietetics and Nutrition. She was Past President of the Metropolitan New York Association of Diabetes Educators in 2004. Lorena won the Diabetic Living People’s Choice Award in 2012.

 

She is the author of the book Beyond Rice and Beans: The Caribbean Guide to Eating Well with Diabetes published by the American Diabetes Association. She is a contributing author and co-editor of the book Cultural Food Practices and Diabetes, published by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and print communications chair for the Diabetes Care and Education Specialty Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Lorena’s new publication, The 15-Minute Consultation: How to Enhance Learning and Get Your Message Across Every Time will be published in 2014 by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Lorena has appeared on several national TV shows speaking about diabetes management, including The Early Show and dLife TV.

 

Lorena graduated cum laude from Hunter College of the City University of New York with a Masters of Science degree in Food and Nutrition, and received her BA from Queens College.

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