The American Diabetes Association notes that an effective diabetic diet plan will improve blood glucose, reduce the risk of high blood pressure and cholesterol, and help maintain a proper weight. Your eating pattern is also an important factor in your blood glucose levels. The timing of your meals, how much you eat in a sitting, and the type of foods you eat all contribute to your overall meal plan. If you've just been diagnosed, avoiding the following foods is one of the first steps toward taking control of your diabetes.
White bread is high in starches and refined grains. Refined grains are digested by the body quickly and are processed like sugar. Despite having no sugar in the food, white bread can cause blood glucose spikes that can be dangerous for people with diabetes. White bread is low in some nutrients, particularly fiber. Fiber impacts blood glucose in more measured amounts, more consistently, over a longer period of time.
Multigrain bread is a better choice, but there is no guarantee that it is made with actual whole grains. It’s best to stick with whole-wheat or whole-grain (a variety of grain types instead of solely wheat) bread. Those two options are nutritionally similar and much healthier than white bread.
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