Most diabetics know to keep away from sugar. It solely is smart: in case your blood sugar is simply too excessive you should not complicate the state of affairs by ingesting extra of the identical.
However sugar in your eating regimen will not be the one meals that can increase your blood glucose. Carbohydrates and alcohol increase your blood sugar (blood glucose degree) about as rapidly as consuming sugar straight from the bowl. Proteins and fats are transformed into vitality for the physique as properly however do not increase the blood sugar practically as a lot nor practically as rapidly.
After all, sugar within the blood will not be precisely the identical as sugar in your meals. The human physique makes use of glucose as its vitality supply. Desk sugar is sucrose, fruit sugar is fructose, and milk sugar is lactose. There are different sugars as properly, however mainly these sugars are transformed to glucose within the human physique.
Not everybody has a candy tooth, however I definitely do. It goes with out saying (however I am going to say it anyway) that diabetics ought to keep away from consuming something made with sugar or high-fructose corn syrup together with: sweet, cake, cookies, ice cream, donuts, marshmallow cream, circus peanuts, soda pop, Kool-aid, sports activities drinks, candy tea or fruit drinks, sizzling chocolate, caramel corn, sweet corn, jello, pudding, Popsicles, sherbet, syrup, whipped cream, pie, Cracker Barrel chocolate cake, custard, jelly, Nutella, milkshakes, Captain Crunch, and so on. If I missed your favourite, add it to the record.
The next 10 meals ought to be prevented as properly.
1. White bread. The processed flour turns to glucose nearly as rapidly as sugar itself. In actual fact, white bread is rated the identical as glucose on the glycemic index. The glycemic index is a rating in accordance with how rapidly a selected meals raises blood glucose ranges. Excessive is unhealthy, low is sweet. Each glucose and white bread are rated 100. Stone-ground entire wheat bread and pumpernickel bread have a a lot decrease glycemic index.
2. White bagels. They give the impression of being lots like white bread, do not they? The yummy bagels are a lot increased in energy than common bread, too. Two slices of bread equals about 150 energy whereas a good-sized bagel is twice that. Not you can’t eat bagels, however get a whole-grain selection and keep in mind that consuming an enormous bagel is like consuming Four slices of toast.
3. Saltine crackers. Should you had been the baker, you’d discover that white bread, white bagels, and crackers all begin off with white flour. The identical is true of ordinary pretzels. Entire grain crackers and pretzels are higher for diabetics and non-diabetics alike.
4. White potatoes. Unusually, candy potatoes have a decrease glyemic index and lift the blood sugar lower than white potatoes do.
5. White rice. Are you noticing a sample right here? Some diabetic sufferers select to keep away from something white.
6. Most breakfast cereal. Until it is made with entire grains, breakfast cereal, too, might be processed like sugar. Even fast oatmeal raises blood sugar. Stone-cut oatmeal is a lot better for you and is now obtainable in normal grocery shops, proper subsequent to the “common” oatmeal. Nonetheless, the stone-cut selection takes a lot longer to cook dinner, simply half an hour or extra to melt the grain to the consistency of standard oatmeal.
7. Instantaneous pasta or macaroni mixes. Nearly something “on the spot” or processed breaks down into sugar extra rapidly than the pure types.
8. Popcorn. Sure, one other white merchandise – nevertheless, quantity is the important thing. A cup of popcorn (unbuttered) will not increase your blood sugar a lot whereas consuming a big theater popcorn is like consuming a number of sweet bars.
9. Candy fruits. The particularly candy fruits like watermelon and pineapple comprise extra fruit-sugar than the much less candy fruits, however once more, quantity is the important thing. A number of bites will not harm you.
10. Alcohol. Not solely does it elevate your blood sugar, however it might impair your judgment concerning your diabetes. Greatest to keep away from this altogether.
Copyright 2010 Cynthia J. Koelker, M.D.