Diabetes food pyramid categorizes food based on what they contain. Basically, there are six groups of food: starches, vegetables, fruits, milk, meat & meat substitutes, as well as fats & sweets. At the very bottom of the pyramid are the starches and above it are the vegetables and fruits.
The new food pyramid was put together by the United States Department of Agriculture, or USDA. A healthy diet comprises 1.5 to 2 cups of fruit and 2 to 3 cups of vegetables daily. Enjoy two slices of cantaloupe on the side and a glass of 1 percent milk. Either of these menu options provides foods from each food group.
Fats and sweets are at the very top of the diabetes food pyramid, which means that diabetics should eat less of these foods. Diabetics should make their choices wisely when it comes to fats and sweet treats.