The Mystery Shopper's Question: "My husband / son / daughter / mum / work colleague has got diabetes, what types of fruit/vegetables would be recommend they eat?"
For answers, the Mystery Shopper first visited the retailer's website and, then, posed the question to local produce department personnel. Here are the Mystery Shopper's notes....
What the website says: Treated with a healthy diet, increased physical activity - in addition, medication and/or insulin is often required.
It's important to diagnose, manage and treat diabetes as soon as possible to reduce the risk of long term health complications such as heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney disease and nerve damage. Make sure you have regular check-ups with your GP or diabetes team.
By making small changes to your lifestyle, you may be able to help manage blood glucose, blood pressure and blood fat levels:
--maintain a healthy weight (BMI of 18.5-24.9)
--take part in regular physical activity for at least 30 minutes a day on at least 5 days a week
--eat three meals a day
--include starchy carbohydrate foods at each meal
--try to choose starchy carbohydrate foods that are more slowly absorbed (have a lower glycaemic index) - for example pasta, basmati or easy cook rice, grainy breads, new potatoes, sweet potato and yam, porridge oats and natural muesli.
--cut down on the fat you eat, particularly saturated fat
--eat at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day
--include more beans and lentils since these have less of an effect on blood glucose levels and may help to control your blood fats.
--aim for at least two portions of oily fish a week
--limit sugar and sugary foods - this does not mean you have to follow a sugar free diet
--reduce salt in your diet to 6g or less a day
--drink alcohol in moderation only - that's a maximum of 2 units a day for a woman or 3 units a day for a man
--avoid foods or drinks labelled as 'suitable for diabetics' - they offer no benefit to people with diabetes
How Swindon in-store staff responded: Member of staff asked wasn't sure so offered to speak with her manager to see if they had a list. No list but possibly avoid the high sugar soft fruit such as strawberries, peaches and raspberries.