Making good food choices is very important for people living with diabetes. If you have type 2 diabetes and you're planning your meals, a meal plan and
reading the nutrition labels on food at the grocery store can help you choose healthier options.
Reading Nutrition Labels
Most packaged foods available at the grocery store list nutrition information on the package in a section called "Nutrition Facts." The Nutrition Facts typically list the nutrients of the food per serving.
- Always check "Total Carbohydrate." The total carbohydrate amount listed for a food includes starch, fiber, sugar and sugar alcohols. If you are counting your carbohydrates, the amount of total carbohydrate can provide you with the information you need for meal planning
- Read "sugar-free" labels carefully. A sugar-free food is not necessarily a calorie- or carbohydrate-free food. Check the Nutrition Facts label for the amount of total carbohydrate and calories
- Pay attention to serving size. Certain packaged foods contain more servings than you might expect. The serving size information on the left side of the Nutrition Facts label provides total amounts of different nutrients per serving. The serving size on the label may not be the same as the serving size in your meal plan or the serving you normally eat. If you eat twice the serving size listed on the label, you need to double all the numbers in the Nutrition Facts