4 myths about eating with diabetes

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There's more to eating with diabetes than not eating sugar.

Myth #1: You can eat all the sugar-free foods you want

Carbohydrates will raise your blood sugar, not just sugar. Many sugar-free alternatives, like xylitol, contain carbs.

Myth #2: Fruit will satisfy your sweet tooth healthily

Fruits still contain carbohydrates. If you must, whole, fresh fruit is better than canned or fruit juice. Its fibre slows glucose absorption.

Myth #3: Gluten-free diets are great for diabetes

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Whole-grains are a crucial part of many diabetes diets and they're not allowed in gluten-free diets.

Myth #4: Going vegetarian will manage diabetes best

Many vegetables are high in carbohydrates.

Ultimately, there's no easy fix - follow your doctor's or dietician's advice and remember: everything in moderation.