According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the dietary lifestyle of a diabetic can have a profound impact on their health status. It is important as a diabetic to eat a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. If you are not able to get fresh fruits and vegetables, look for canned or jarred foods with no sugar added in your grocer’s aisle. A wide range of fruits and vegetables is important to maintain a healthy diet. Select fruits and vegetables with a wide range of colors. Choose greens such as spinach, broccoli and green beans. Carrots, tomatoes, and cauliflower are also colorful additions to your diet. Include whole-grain rather than processed wheat in your diet. Dried beans like kidney, pinto, and lentils are good additions as well. Fish should be eaten two to three times per week. Lean meats suck as pork loin, sirloin, chicken, and turkey (remove the skins) are healthy additions. Use liquid cooking oils rather than shortening or lard. It is recommended by the ADA to check the labels and look for oils with low saturated and trans-fats. Non-fat dairy foods will add calcium to the diet. This includes skim milk, non-fat and sugar free yogurt, and non- or low-fat cheeses. It is strongly recommended to cut soda, juice, fruit punch and sweetened tea drinks out of the diet. Sugar-free sodas will still have carbohydrates in them, so this is a precaution. Water, calorie-free and sugar-free drinks are good additions.