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Food Lists for Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Diet

Forbidden Foods


Updated July 11, 2014

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For lists of Allowed Foods, go to Page Two

On Dr. Bernstein's program, foods that produce a rapid blood glucose rise are out. Forbidden foods include the following:

Sweets and Sweeteners

  • Sugar, honey, fructose, corn syrup, molasses, etc, or foods which contain them such as candy and regular soda
  • Foods containing other ingredients which are types of sugar (see Sugar's Many Disguises)
  • Sugar alcohols such as maltitol, sorbitol, etc., or foods which contain them, including sugar-free candy and other "diet" or "sugar-free" foods
  • Most desserts - pies, cakes, cookies, etc.
  • Powdered artificial sweeteners add carbs(see section on artificial sweeteners in the "Allowed Foods" section)

Grains and Grain Products

Any product made from wheat, barley, corn, rice, quinoa, rye, etc., including:
  • Breads
  • Crackers
  • Other products made with flour
  • Cereal, including oatmeal
  • Pasta
  • Pancakes and waffles

Sweet or Starchy Vegetables

  • Potatoes
  • Parsnips
  • Winter squash
  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Corn
  • Yellow Bell Peppers
  • Legumes
  • Onions (except in small amounts)
  • Raw Tomatoes (except in small amounts)
  • Cooked tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce
  • Packaged vegetables containing sugars or flour

Fruits or Fruit Juices

All, except, for some people, tomato juice in a Bloody Mary if it doesn't cause blood glucose rise

Dairy Products

  • Milk
  • Sweetened yogurts
  • Most low fat and nonfat yogurts have added carbs
  • Cottage cheese, except in small amounts
  • Powdered milk substitutes and coffee lighteners
  • Evaporated or condensed milk

Other Foods

  • Nuts except in small amounts (count the carbs)
  • Most processed and prepared foods, snack foods, etc.
  • Most condiments, including balsamic vinegar
More About Dr. Bernstein's Diet

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