WHAT COUNTS AND WHY

Diabetic Living - - NUTRITION -

• Canned, frozen, dried and fresh fruit and veg all count They all con­trib­ute vi­ta­mins, min­er­als and fi­bre. A va­ri­ety is al­ways best, so aim for a rain­bow of colours.

• Legumes, beans and pulses They’re a great source of fi­bre and plant proteins, ½ cup is con­sid­ered one serve of veg.

• A 125ml glass of 100 per cent unsweet­ened fruit juice counts as one serve of

fruit, but rec­om­mended only oc­ca­sion­ally. Juice con­trib­utes vi­ta­mins, but none of the valu­able fi­bre found in the whole fruit or veg­eta­bles.

Fruit juice is also high in nat­u­ral sug­ars.

• Fruit and veg­eta­bles in con­ve­nience foods do count But be­ware – these prod­ucts may be high in fat, salt and sugar, so check the la­bel.

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