Gestational Diabetes Diet

Fats, Sweets, and Alcohol

The tip of the Diabetes Food Pyramid contains fats, sweets, and alcohol. Limit the amounts of fats and sweets you eat. They have calories, but not much nutrition. Some contain saturated fats and cholesterol that increase your risk of heart disease. Limiting these foods will help you lose weight and keep your blood glucose and blood fats under control.
 
Alcohol should not be consumed during pregnancy.
 
Examples of fats that may be part of a gestational diabetes diet include:
 
  • Salad dressing
  • Oil
  • Butter
  • Margarine
  • Avocado
  • Olives.
     
Examples of sweets include:
 
  • Regular soda
  • Ice cream
  • Cake
  • Cookies
  • Pie
  • Candy.
     
Fats and Sweets Serving Size
 
What If I Have a Sweet Tooth?
It's okay to have sweets once in a while as part of your diet. Try having:
 
  • Sugar-free popsicles
  • Diet soda
  • Fat-free ice cream or frozen yogurt
  • Sugar-free hot cocoa mix.
     
Other tips:
 
  • Share desserts in restaurants.
  • Order small or child-size servings of ice cream or frozen yogurt.
  • Divide homemade desserts into small servings and wrap each individually. Freeze extra servings.
  • Don't keep dishes of candy in the house or at work.
     
Remember, fat-free and low-sugar foods still have calories. Talk with your diabetes educator about how to fit sweets into your meal plan.
 
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