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Should diabetics avoid carbs (carbohydrates)?

My dad was just diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. We were told that as a diabetic he was allowed basically no carbs. Is this true?

Dr. Gourmet Says...

a glucose monitor and measuring tape alongside a bowl a breakfast cereal

I am sorry that you have been confused by the diet teaching your father has received. Being told that he shouldn't eat carbohydrates is completely incorrect.

It is now clear that Mediterranean style diet is the best diet for diabetics. You can read more about the most recent research in my article "The Mediterranean Diet IS a Diabetic Diet!"

When it comes to the choice of carbohydrates, the key messages is that they should be more complex carbohydrates. Great carbohydrate sources include whole wheat bread, high fiber whole grain cereals, whole grain pastas, brown rice, beans, and legumes, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables. Here's a link to the basics of a Mediterranean style diet to help you understand better.

All Dr. Gourmet recipes are based on Mediterranean diet principles and will work well for diabetics.

Thanks for writing,

Timothy S. Harlan, MD, FACP, CCMS
Dr. Gourmet