In Summary

After reviewing the available evidence, it is the ADA’s position that there is no standard meal plan or eating pattern that is effective universally for all people with diabetes.1

In order to be effective, nutrition therapy should be individualized for each person based on his or her individual health goals; personal and cultural preferences; health literacy and numeracy; access to healthful choices; and readiness, willingness, and ability to change.

Nutrition interventions should emphasize a variety of minimally processed nutrient-dense foods in appropriate portion sizes as part of a healthful eating pattern.

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Marion J. Franz,  MS, RD, LD, CDE, is a nutrition/health consultant with Nutrition Concepts by Franz, Inc. For over 20 years she was the Director of Nutrition and Health Professional Education at the International Diabetes Center, Minneapolis.

The Grain Foods Foundation seeks to advance public understanding of the beneficial role grain-based foods play in a healthful diet. Follow them on Twitter @GrainFoods and Facebook.


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