Free Foods in a Diabetic Diet. Even though there are free foods on a diabetic diet it doesn’t mean that you don’t have topay for them. What it does mean is you can eat them freely without considering them anexchange or counting them as carbohydrates. These are the kinds of foods that you aregoing to want around the house in abundance for times when you are hungry and mealtime is still too far away to eat.
Free foods have little to no affect on blood sugars and that is why they can be eaten inwithout counting them as part of a meal. Your diabetes educator or dietician will provideyou with a complete list but here are a few items that are normally considered free foods:* Water and other water-based drinks (such as coffee and tea) that are sugar free* Bouillon (beef or chicken broth)* Sugar-free gelatin (flavored or not)* Pickles* Cream Cheese* Unsweetened cocoa powder* Rhubarb* Cranberries* Salsa. Many condiments are considered free foods too. When you are planning a snack or ameal add some of the free foods such as salsa or cream cheese for variety or extra flavor.
Depending on your dietician, he or she may consider most vegetables as part of the freefoods group too. Vegetables that do not qualify include potatoes, corn, peas, and carrotsas they are considered starchy and have higher carbohydrate content. If your dieticiandoes allow you to have vegetables in between meals, make sure to clarify the kinds youcan have and if there is a certain amount you should have.
A diabetic diet can feel restrictive at times. It is nice to have some items that you canhave whenever you want without having to account for them in one way or another.