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As food costs rise and more and more “diabetic” foods appear on grocery shelves, the American Diabetic Association has published 13 commonsense tips on how to eat more cheaply and still manage diabetes.
1. Special “dietetic” or “diabetic” foods are costly and not necessary.
2. Boneless cuts of meat are often a better buy, since you're not paying for the weight of the bone.
3. There’s no nutritional difference between white eggs and more expensive brown eggs.
4. Vegetables frozen in butter sauce cost twice as much as plain frozen vegetables and have more calories.
5. Instead of buying small containers of yogurt, buy a quart and separate it into one-cup servings.
6. Save money by not buying individually packaged snacks.
7. When buying fruit, consider the cost per edible serving. If you’re paying by the pound, you’re also paying for the weight of inedible seeds and rinds.
8. If fresh fruit is too expensive, buy frozen or canned fruit packed in water. If you buy fruit canned in syrup, rinse it before eating.
9. Use nonfat dry milk for drinking, cooking and baking. It’s inexpensive and has a long shelf life.
10. You can make your own cooking spray by putting vegetable oil in a spray bottle.
11. Use regular or quick-cooking oats rather than instant oats, which are much more expensive.
12. When soaked and cooked, dry beans triple in volume. A one-pound bag will make six one-cup servings.
13. If you buy fresh greens by weight, give them a good shake before putting them in your grocery cart. A great amount of excess water and weight can be hidden between the leaves.
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