Coffee and cinnamon have made headlines recently as foods that might be able
to cut the risk of diabetes or help to improve blood sugar levels. But don't
get the idea that such foods are magic bullets for your diabetic
diet, experts warn.
"None of this is a magic potion for diabetes," says American
Dietetic Association spokeswoman Cathy Nonas, RD. It's still important for
people with diabetes to eat a balanced diabetic diet
to help manage the disease, she says.
Randy Jackson’s struggle with obesity began as a child in Louisiana, with its super spicy, often super-fatty cuisine. Even as an adult, Jackson still doesn't dream of sugarplums at Christmastime. Instead, he dreams of waltzing andouille sausage and grits, jigging jambalaya, and shimmying beignets and bread pudding with bourbon sauce.
“For the old Dawg, a holiday party was a chance to have something to eat, drink, and be merry, but the new Randy does not drink or eat at parties,” says Jackson, 52,...
Nevertheless, some foods, such as white bread, are converted almost right
away to blood sugar, causing a quick spike. Other foods, such as brown rice,
are digested more slowly, causing a lower and gentler change in blood
If you are trying to follow a healthy diabetic diet, here are six that may
help to keep your blood sugar in check.
Oatmeal can help control blood sugar -- but don't get the sweetened
"Even though it's a carbohydrate, it's a very good carbohydrate,"
American Dietetic Association spokeswoman Marisa Moore, RD, LD, tells WebMD.
Because it's high in soluble fiber, "it's slower to digest and it won't
raise your blood sugar as much or as quickly. It's going to work better at
controlling blood sugar over time."
Not only does this high-quality carbohydrate offer a steadier source of
energy than white bread, it can also help with weight
loss. The soluble fiber in oats "helps to keep us feeling fuller
longer," Moore says.
That's important for people with type 2
diabetes, who tend to be overweight. "If you reduce the weight, you usually significantly improve the glucose
control," Nonas says.
Barley isn't as popular as oats. But there's some evidence that barley,
which is also high in soluble fiber, may also help with blood glucose control.
Kay Behall, PhD, a research nutritionist at the USDA Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center, has studied barley, and she
suggests that people try eating boiled pearl barley in place of rice.
Besides oats and barley, Moore adds, "most whole grains are going to be
a great choice for a person with diabetes."
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