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Grains, Beans and Starchy Vegetables

When developing a healthful diet to help manage your diabetes, aim for 1-3 servings of grains, beans and starchy vegetables per meal. One serving provides about 15 grams of carbohydrate.
 
One Serving Equals
  • 1 slice bread
  • ½ cup cooked cereal
  • 1 oz. dry cereal
  • 1/3 cup cooked rice
  • ½ cup cooked pasta
  • ½ cup cooked beans, peas or lentils
  • ½ cup corn or green peas
  • ½ cup sweet potatoes
  • 1 cup winter squash
  • 1 small potato
  • 4-6 crackers
  • ½ bagel, average size
  • 3 cups popcorn
Use More Often
grains and dairy 
Choose high fiber varieties, such as:
  • Whole grain breads
  • Bran or oat cereals
  • Whole wheat pasta
  • Brown rice
  • Dried beans, peas and lentils
  • Whole wheat tortillas
  • Sweet potatoes or yams 
Use Less Often
  • Sugar-sweetened cereals
  • Squash or sweet potatoes made with brown sugar, honey, syrup or marshmallows
  • Candied carrots
  • Sweet pickles
  • Harvard or pickled beets