Diabetics need to be aware of which foods enter the bloodstream rapidly and which foods enter the bloodstream at a slower entry rate. The reason is the faster carbohydrates enter the bloodstream, the more blood sugar is raised. This triggers the release of insulin. Higher levels of insulin in the blood encourage the storage of fat.
Diabetics need to stabilize blood sugar. This allows insulin to be released at a steady rate into the blood. This helps to minimize roller coaster blood sugar and the overproduction of insulin. This reduces stress on the pancreas to secrete insulin. Diabetics need glucose (sugar) absorbed into the bloodstream in a more steady manner. The way to do this is to eat foods that enter the bloodstream at a slow entry rate compared to foods that enter the bloodstream rapidly. This is the role of the glycemic index. It measures how fast a carbohydrate enters the bloodstream. The faster it enters the bloodstream the more blood sugar levels will rise. The higher the food on the glycemic index, the more blood sugar will rise and the more insulin will be secreted. Higher insulin levels and higher blood sugar are what diabetics want to avoid. Therefore diabetics want to eat as many foods as possible that are low on the glycemic index. This can help diabetics reduce roller coaster blood sugar levels and insulin surges.
There are many surprising facts on which foods are better for diabetics in relation to stabilizing blood sugar. We believe a little quiz will best make this point. We have some quiz questions. We suggest you answer them first. Then check the glycemic index and see if you want to change any of your answers. Then you can check your answers against the ones we provide after the glycemic chart. All the questions asked are in relation to which foods cause blood sugar to rise more and lead to insulin surges.
Table of Glycemic Index, Protein, Fat, & Carbohydrates
|Food||Glycemic Index||% Protein||% Fat||% Carbohydrates|
|Whole white bread||72||9||3||49|
|Whole-grain rye bread||42|
|Milk, skim||32||4 below||1||5|
|Apples, Golden Del.||39|
|Grapefruit||26 below||1 below||1||4|
|Orange juice||46||1 below||1||10|
|Peas frozen||51||5 below||1||12|
|Potato, instant mashed||80||2||3||14|
|Potato baked russet||98||2 below||1||16|
|Potato, sweet||48||1 below||1||19|
|Potato, white||70||2 below||1||13|
In summary, many foods are surprisingly high in glucose or low in the right kinds of fiber or both. These foods can raise blood sugar into dangerous ranges. Therefore use the glycemic index to familiarize yourself with the foods that are on the low end and on the high end.
Many diabetics, when they see these questions strongly disagree with some of the answers. For example, diabetics will say brown rice is healthier for you than ice cream. The idea is high blood sugar and high insulin levels are what diabetics need to avoid. If brown rice has more minerals, vitamins, and fiber than ice cream, that is not the point. You can take a multivitamin and mineral and a fiber supplement to replace what you may be missing, by not eating brown rice. The value of protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and other healthy ingredients in foods high on the glycemic index, may not balance the devastating consequences of high blood sugar. You can always take supplements, instead of eating foods high on the glycemic index.
Some diabetics claim honey is much healthier for you than glucose. Honey is devastating to blood sugar. So we suggest learn to eat fructose or Stevia. Don't be in denial about the glycemic index. If you disagree with it than your blood sugar levels may pay the price.
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