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What foods or super foods should people with diabetes focus on during holiday gatherings?

Dr. Gendler talks about foods and super foods people with diabetes should focus on during holiday gatherings. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.



Having diabetes does not mean you can’t still enjoy good food while celebrating at holiday gatherings.

According to the American Diabetes Association, some foods and super foods that are great to find, make and munch on at holiday gatherings include:

  • Beans – Beans are high in fiber and protein, making them a great choice. Try using them in a chili recipe to warm up guests on chilly winter days.
  • Citrus fruit – Grapefruit and oranges are in season in the winter, making them less expensive and more readily available. Grab some citrus fruit as a snack or add it to your breakfast routine to help you feel full while gaining fiber and vitamin C.
  • Sweet Potatoes – Sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamin A and fiber and serve as a great alternative to regular potatoes. Sweet potatoes are already a staple of many families’ holiday meals – just skip or minimize the sugary toppings.
  • Whole grains – Instead of sticky buns for a holiday breakfast, try oatmeal with fruit added. Oatmeal is a great source of fiber, potassium and other nutrients.
  • Nuts – Want something crunchy to snack on at a holiday gathering? Reach for a handful of nuts instead of potato chips. Nuts provide magnesium and fiber, and some even contain omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Berries – Blueberries. Strawberries. Any berries. All berries are full of antioxidants, vitamins and fiber, making them a great choice as a dessert option.

Talk to your physician for more ideas about good food choices during the holidays.

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Source: Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Michael Chunn, MD, Family Practice; Isaac Corney, MD, Trotwood Physician Center; Ann DeClue, MD, Saadeddine Dughman, MD, Advanced Cardiovascular Institute; Gary Fishbein, MD, Dayton Heart Center; Irina Gendler, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Roger Goodenough, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; J. Wes Halderman, MD, Jamestown Family Medicine; Timothy O Donnell, MD, Miami Valley Primary Care; Miguel Parilo, MD, Bull Family Diabetes Center; Srikanth Sadhu, MD, Advanced Cardiovascular Institute; Trisha Zeidan, MD, Bull Family Diabetes Center; Chandan Gupta, MD, Monroe Medical Center; Miguel Parilo, MD, FACP, Bull Family Diabetes Center; Kristine Sun, MD; Premier Family Care of Mason;

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