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Why are Foods put Together in Groups?

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For people with diabetes, it is important to understand what foods are made of so that blood glucose levels can be more easily controlled. Memorizing the exact amount of carbohydrate in all the foods that we eat would be almost impossible and impractical. Fortunately there are six main food groups:

  • The Starch and Starchy Vegetables Group
    The Starch and Starchy Vegetables Group
  • The Fruit Group
    The Fruit Group
  • The Vegetable Group
    The Vegetable Group
  • The Meat, Meat Substitutes, Eggs, and Cheese Group
    The Meat, Meat Substitutes, Eggs, and Cheese Group
  • The Milk and Yogurt Group
    The Milk and Yogurt Group
  • The Fats and Oils Group
    The Fats and Oils Group

It is important to eat foods from each group every day. The type and the amount of food that you chose to eat can have either positive or negative effects on your health.

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This document is a source of information only, and is not medical advice.