Looking to Save on Food Expenses? ADA's Advisory Offers Helpful Tips

Apr 16, 2008

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.

Source: HealthDay

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Posted by Anonymous on 16 April 2008

These are pretty lame tips.

Posted by Anonymous on 17 April 2008

These are back to basics tips and are worth it. Some people, myself include, need reminders every once in a while

Posted by whimsy2 on 17 April 2008

Those are all okay tips, but here's another biggie: Stay away from potatoes, rice and breads. These high glycemic index foods cause major BG spikes. Avoiding these foods will keep your BG from rising and you may be able to cut back on the amount of expensive pills and/or insulin you need to take to get those BGs back down again. Better to avoid those foods in the first place.

Posted by MIMICHANASURA on 17 April 2008

Tips might be "obvious", but we all need to be reminded of those things that are obvious.
These tips are simple, doable and should be given to all people with diabetes.....newly diagnosed and "long timers". As a diabetes educator I will do just that!

Posted by Anonymous on 17 April 2008

The geniuses who came up with this list apparently forgot. tip 14. Don't eat lots of sugar. No wait a minute, that tip has something to do with diabetes so I see why it doesn't belong in this set.

Posted by Anonymous on 17 April 2008

Are we absolutely certain that the 'ADA' who made this list wasn't the 'American Dental Association'. No wait a minute the tips have nothing to do with teeth either. What else does ADA stand for?

Posted by Anonymous on 17 April 2008

Canned salmon w/bones, eggs, chicken leg quarters are all good cheap sources of protein. You can grow lots of veggies in even very small garden plots or pots on a balcony.

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