Adequate and realistic meal planning guidelines should not be difficult to achieve, thanks to the increasing number and availability of natural and fortified vegan foods, which can help children to meet all their nutrients requirements.
In order to ensure an adequate supply of key nutrients, families and health professionals need accurate, reliable, and easy-to-use meal planning tools.
It is necessary to carefully measure food in a diabetic exchange diet, and it is generally recommended to eat three meals and one snack per day.
The diabetic exchange divides foods into six specific groups, and measures food per serving size.
A diabetic exchange diet is designed to allow you easy control over the amount of sugar and cholesterol you allow into your body.
A successful diabetic exchange diet will help to control your weight, BMI (Body Mass Index) and your sugar levels.
Carbohydrate exchanges are 15g per portion, which is different to the United Kingdom carbohydrate portions of one per 10g.
You should not change to another method of counting food values if you use the US Food Exchange as this may require changing your medication if you have diabetes.
The last published version of the Exchange Lists for Meal Planning was published by the American Diabetes Association and the American Dietetic Association in January 2013.
These food exchange lists can be used to assess serving sizes for each food group.