Gestational Diabetes Diet

Starches

Starches are:
 
  • Bread
  • Grains
  • Cereal
  • Pasta
  • Starchy vegetables (such as potatoes or corn).
     
They give your body energy, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Whole grain starches are healthier because they have more vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
 
Eat some starches at each meal. People might tell you not to eat starches as part of a gestational diabetes diet, but that is not correct. Eating starches is healthy for everyone, including people with gestational diabetes.
 
Starch types that may be part of a gestational diabetes diet include:
 
  • Bread
  • Pasta
  • Corn
  • Potatoes
  • Rice
  • Crackers
  • Tortillas
  • Beans
  • Yams.
     
Starch Serving Sizes
If you have more than one serving at a meal, you can choose several different starches or have two or three servings of one starch.
 
Suggestions for Including Starch in Your Diet
Here are some healthy ways to eat starches as part of your diet:
 
  • Buy whole-grain breads and cereals.
     
  • Eat fewer fried and high-fat starches such as regular tortilla chips and potato chips, French fries, pastries, or biscuits. Instead, try:
     
    • Pretzels
    • Fat-free popcorn
    • Baked tortilla or potato chips
    • Baked potatoes
    • Low-fat muffins.
 
  • Use low-fat or fat-free yogurt or fat-free sour cream instead of regular sour cream on a baked potato.
     
  • Use mustard instead of mayonnaise on a sandwich.
     
  • Use the low-fat or fat-free substitutes such as low-fat mayonnaise or light margarine on bread, rolls, or toast.
     
  • Eat cereal with fat-free (skim) or low-fat (1 percent) milk.
     
Healthy Eating for People With Diabetes

Diets for Diabetics

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