Need to Reduce Your Blood Sugar? Easy, cut the Bread!
Think limiting your sugar intake is the best way to lower your blood sugar? Think again. According to a study in the Pediatrics Journal, there may be another nutrient to blame for spiking your glucose readings.
As it turns out, it’s not calories or sugar that you should be keeping a close eye on if you’re living with Type 1 Diabetes. This study found carbohydrates affect blood sugar far more than sugar does, so cutting back the bread at dinner may be the answer to having better readings.
But, just because carbs are to blame for your glucose spikes, doesn’t mean you can start eating all the candy you want. The study just states that high carbohydrate consumption affects post-meal blood sugar readings more than any other nutrient.
Emphasis on the low carb as well. There is still some debate whether cutting carbs altogether is good for your metabolic health. In this particular study, those who maintained a diet of 20 – 50 grams of carbohydrates a day saw better blood glucose readings than those who ate more or less.
If you have trouble with your blood glucose readings and you’re living with Type 1 Diabetes, try low carb! And if you’re having trouble, here are the foods masquerading as healthy for you, but are densely packed with carbs.
Oats are packed with 56 grams of carbohydrates per 100g. That’s 56% of the oats you consume packed with carbohydrates! It’s sure to spike your blood sugar.
Potatoes vary in their carbohydrate density depending on the type of potato. They range from 20 to 30 grams per 100 grams, or 20%-30%, with sweet potatoes being on the lower end of that spectrum. White potatoes that have been baked are the most dense in the potato family. So if you’re trying to cut carbs, but potatoes are a staple food for you, switch you sweet potatoes!
Bananas are a great fruit, but they come packed with 27 grams of carbohydrates per 118 grams of banana. That’s 23% of pure starch! If you’re on the go, a banana is a great option to fill you up. But, keep in mind that it puts you around half the daily amount recommended in a low carb diet.
Just because these foods are on this high carb list doesn’t mean these are unhealthy for you. In fact, sweet potatoes and oats are packed with other nutrients like fiber and vitamins that are essential to a healthy diet.Low carb doesn’t mean no carb, so these foods are still perfectly healthy to consume.
What that means is eating carb dense foods in moderation will allow you to control your blood sugar better.