When it comes to diabetes and meal planning, there is no one-size-fits-all. In fact, the 2013 American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) nutrition recommendations identify several meal patterns or diets that have shown good results in people with diabetes.
Many of these meal patterns such as the Mediterranean, vegetarian, vegan, and DASH dietary plan, can be found in the US News and World Report 2018 list of best diets for people with diabetes. This year the Mediterranean diet ranked number one, DASH ranked second best diet for diabetes and Flexitarian, Mayo Clinic, Vegan, Volumetrics and Weight Watchers all tied for third place.
The Mediterranean Diet is a plant-based eating pattern that features fruit, vegetables, fish, beans, nuts, and whole grains, as well as other ingredients such as olive oil and wine that has been shown to promote good health. The principles of the Mediterranean diet are easy to follow.
However, there are no guidelines regarding calories or recommendations for carbohydrate levels. So, you’ll have to figure that out on your own or enlist the help of a registered dietitian. The diet is filled with nutrient dense foods like nuts and legumes which can help you manage hunger and blood sugars levels.
US News and World Report review experts say a Mediterranean diet is an excellent option for preventing or controlling diabetes, and it scored first place in the category.