Does the Nutrisystem D plan include menu items with carbs, sugar, fat and sodium?
Carbohydrates and Sugars:
While some of the Nutrisystem menu items may look off-limits for those living with diabetes, they’re actually healthier versions of your favorite foods, formulated with the right balance of fiber-rich carbs, lean proteins, and healthy fats, in a portion that is appropriate to support weight loss. These nutrients help you digest glucose slowly to prevent blood sugar spikes, while keeping you fuller and more satisfied.
Our foods are not sugar-free. Meals available on the diabetes plan will contain no more than 12 grams of total sugar, with most meals delivering far less than this 12 g maximum. The Nutrisystem® D® plan aligns with the latest edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommendations for daily added sugar intake, delivering on average less than 10% of total calories coming from added sugars.
The Nutrisystem weight loss program integrates the science of the Glycemic Index, which measures the quality of carbohydrates and how they impact your blood sugar levels. If you’re looking to lose weight, you should minimize high glycemic carbs and instead, seek to incorporate more lower glycemic options into your diet to help keep your blood sugar levels stable and your appetite in check. With the recommended combination of low to medium glycemic grocery items and the high protein, high fiber Nutrisystem® meal plan, we do the work for you.
Fat and Sodium:
In general, losing weight can support heart health. The Nutrisystem D plan is designed to help support heart health by offering a meal plan that is designed to support weight loss, while also meeting national dietary recommendations for total, saturated, and trans fats.
The 2020 – 2025 USDA Dietary Guidelines for Adults indicate that healthy eating patterns should limit sodium to the Chronic Disease Risk Reduction levels defined by the National Academies, which is no more than 2,300 mg/day for adults. The Nutrisystem D plan is designed to deliver on average no more than 2,300 mg of sodium per day, aligning with the USDA recommendations, which is a 20% and 43% reduction in sodium intake compared to the typical American women and man, respectively.
The American Heart Association recommends limiting sodium to no more than 1,500 mg per day for adults with high blood pressure. If you would like to reach that level of sodium restriction select ‘Lower Sodium’ under the ‘Filter By’ option when editing your menu.