According to Azmina Govindji (Diabetes Wellness News April 2011) the latest advice to those with diabetes is that a diabetic diet is a low sugar diet, rather than a ‘no sugar’ diet. A lifestyle of exercise and good healthy diet is essential for wellbeing, consuming low levels of salt, sugar and saturated fat, and high in fibre.
A small amount of sugar can be combined with low glycaemic carbohydrates (e.g. pasta and pulses) as low glycaemic foods help to stabilise blood glucose, which prevents the blood glucose increasing too rapidly. All patients with diabetes are entitled to help from a dietitian to enable a healthy yet practical plan.