Please note that this booklet presents only general guidelines for a healthy diet for women with gestational diabetes. Use the chart below to talk to your health care provider about eating. This chart is not meant to take the place of your health care provider's recommendations.
* tsp. = teaspoon TBSP = tablespoon
Choose a diet that is low in saturated fat, trans-fats, and cholesterol and moderate in total fat. Use vegetable oils rather than solid fats (such as those in meat or dairy foods and shortening).
Choose milk, cheese, and yogurt products that are fat free or low fat (1%).
Trim extra fat off meats, including the skin. Use broiling, grilling, and roasting to cook meats without adding fat or cholesterol.
Choose fresh fruits, fruits canned in their own juices or in water, or frozen fruits.
Avoid high-fat or fried starchy vegetables and grain products. Use seasonings and fat-free or low-fat toppings and sauces to add flavor.
Water is considered a "free" food; you can drink as much water as you want. In fact, most health care providers recommend that you drink a lot of water when you are pregnant.