Nutrition for managing high blood glucose sugar levels No concentrated sweets diet (1605)

Key points below

A normal blood sugar (also called glucose) stays between 70-100 mg/dL before eating most of the time. Sometimes blood sugars can go above or below these normal levels. Your doctor will help you figure out why this is happening.  

These tips can help keep blood sugar at more normal levels:

Choose and avoid these healthier foods and drinks:


Choose more often: Water, white milk 
Choose less often or smaller amounts: Unsweetened tea, sugar-free drinks, diet soda, reduced sugar flavored milk
Avoid: Flavored milks, all regular juice soda, Kool-Aid, fruit drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks, sweetened teas

Breads, cereals, rice, and pasta

Choose more often: Unsweetened cereal, whole-grain breads, whole wheat pasta, brown or wild rice, old fashioned oats
Choose less often or smaller amounts: White rice, white pasta, tortillas, potatoes, granola bars, instant oatmeal
Avoid: Pastries, doughnuts, sugary cereals, white bread, pancakes, waffles, chips, fries

Fruits and vegetables

Choose more often: Any fresh fruit, canned/ frozen fruit packed in water, and fresh, frozen or canned vegetables
Avoid: Fruit in syrup or fruit juice, fruit snacks, or frozen fruit with added sugar

Desserts, syrups and jelly

Choose more often: Fresh or frozen fruit, light yogurts sugar-free pudding, sugar-free gelatins, sugar free popsicles, sugar free syrup
Choose less often or smaller amounts: Light syrup, reduced sugar jelly or jam, reduced sugar popsicles
Avoid: Regular syrup, regular jelly or jam, cake, pie, cookies, sherbet, candy

If your blood sugar drops low (<70 mg/dL), you may need a sugary food or drink to bring your blood sugar up. Let your doctor know if you are having low blood sugars. 

Food to have when blood sugar is low and amounts:
100% juice - 4 oz.
Glucose tabs - 4 tabs
Raisins or Craisins - 2 Tablespoons


Call your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic if you have any questions or concerns or if your child has special health care needs that were not covered by this information.