What Cereals and Vegetables to Eat and Avoid in Diabetes?

What Cereals and Vegetables to Eat and Avoid in Diabetes?


We know by now that we need to eat the right foods, need to work out, and do stuff that is healthy for us. Because maintaining good health does not happen by accident, it requires work and smart lifestyle choices. But sometimes when we wake up at 6 am to hit the gym before work or shunning the donuts in breakfast, it’s easy to lose sight of for what are we doing all these. So here are some top articles choices that can keep you motivated to lead a healthy lifestyle and keep diseases at bay.

What Cereals and Vegetables to Eat and Avoid in Diabetes?

, What Cereals and Vegetables to Eat and Avoid in Diabetes?Cereals are staple diet for majority of people. Whole grain cereals are eaten as staple food in most developing and underdeveloped countries and products made of cereals (such as bread) are eaten as staple food in most developed countries. Cereals form the major portion of our calorie intake. It is important for diabetics to know which types of cereals are good and which types of cereals are bad for diabetes and blood sugar control. Cereals especially whole grain cereals supply good quantity of vitamins, minerals and fibers along with major portion of calorie intake. Cereals are full of carbohydrates but the carbohydrate is complex type and get digested and absorbed slowly and do not cause serious rise in blood sugar, but refined cereals should be avoided, as they may cause rapid rise in blood sugar after a meal.

Good grains, cereals for diabetes:

Whole grain flour such as whole wheat flour, whole corn flour, whole grain (brown rice) is good cereals for diabetics. Food products with whole grain such as whole wheat bread are also good and should be taken by diabetics.

Bad grains, cereals for diabetes:

Avoid white flour and processed cereals (such as polished and processed white rice, white bread etc.), as they have very little nutrients other than loads of carbohydrates and calories.

Vegetables are best sources of dietary fibers and also rich in vitamins and minerals. They contain fewer carbohydrates than fruits and better for diabetics and common people alike. Vegetables also have low fats and sodium, which is good for dieting and hypertension patients.

Good vegetables for diabetics:

All fresh vegetables are good (except potato and few other high glycemic index vegetables). Vegetables eaten raw (such as cucumber, carrots, cabbage, onion, etc.) as salads are even better as cooking may reduce vitamin content of vegetables. Frozen vegetables and steamed vegetables are also good.

Regarding vegetables, ADA (American Diabetic Association) says that “you can not eat vegetables too much to gain weight and to cause rise blood sugar” hence you can eat as much as you can or as much as you like without any fear of blood sugar rise or weight gain/obesity.

Bad vegetables for diabetics:

Avoid canned vegetables with lots of salt as preservative, vegetables cooked in excess butter/oil/ghee, and vegetable pickles (if you have to control sodium intake because pickles contain lots of common salt).

Eating healthy and right food is highly desirable for diabetes patients to control blood sugar adequately. There are only few diseases where one has to control diet as strictly as diabetes. But the good news is that with proper diet diabetes can be controlled easily.

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