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Can Diabetics Eat Corn Chips?

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author image Janet Renee, MS, RD
Janet Renee is a clinical dietitian with a special interest in weight management, sports dietetics, medical nutrition therapy and diet trends. She earned her Master of Science in nutrition from the University of Chicago and has contributed to health and wellness magazines, including Prevention, Self, Shape and Cooking Light.
Can Diabetics Eat Corn Chips?
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Instead of certain foods being off limits, diabetes meal planning focuses on portion sizes and usually carbohydrate counting. Because carbs raise blood sugar, you must be aware of how many carbs you're taking in at each meal and in total each day. If you don't have an individualized meal plan yet, the American Diabetes Association suggests starting at 45 to 60 grams of carbs per meal. This works out to 135 to 180 grams for the entire day. Whether or not you can eat corn chips depends on your overall carbohydrate intake.

Where the Chips Fall

When considering whether to eat corn chips, certain factors come into play. For example, your doctor may have set a goal for you to lower your cholesterol or lose weight, both of which benefit your overall health. Corn chips contain 10 grams of fat per serving, which may not fit with certain goals. A 1-ounce portion contains 15 grams of carbohydrate and very little protein. As a diabetic, you need a good helping of protein with every meal and snack. If you pay attention to portion sizes and add some protein to this snack, you can usually enjoy it in moderation. Most of time, aim to consume healthier snacks such as fruit, nuts and low-fat yogurt.

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