- Check your blood sugar regularly to avoid major fluctuations
- Diabetics should consume foods with a low GI score
- Diabetics can eat fruits in moderation and should avoid juices
Diabetics are advised to consume a healthy diet that can help in controlling blood sugar levels. To avoid the complications linked with this chronic condition, it is vital to follow all necessary precautions for management of blood sugars. Some foods can naturally help in controlling blood sugars while others are a big No. Understanding diabetes diet is not as difficult as it seems. Many also believe that diabetics should strictly avoid consuming carbohydrates. But the truth is you need to choose the right carb. Diabetics can consume the right type of carb in a restricted amount safely. Here are some healthy carbs you should not miss.
Diabetes: Healthy carbs you can add to diet
Dr. V Mohan who is a diabetologist took to Instagram to share a list of carbs that diabetics can add to their diet. "Diabetics should know that all carbs are not bad for them. There are some healthy options too,'' he tells in the video.
1. Brown rice
Brown rice is less processed as compared to white rice. It is a better choice for those with diabetes as it has a lower GI score as compared to white rice. According to studies swapping white rice with brown rice lowers the risk of type-2 diabetes to some percentage. Brown rice also contains fibre that keeps digestion smooth.
2. Whole wheat bread
Whole wheat bread can help ensure the consumption of grains. It is a safer option for diabetics as compared to those refined versions. You can enjoy your bread in different ways. Avoid use of sugar-loaded jams and dips. Make a healthy spread or hummus.
Millet is another grain that you can add to your diabetes diet. It has a low glycemic index as compared to most of the grains and may not quickly spike your blood sugar levels. It also contains fibre that can also keep blood sugars steady.
Vegetables are loaded with a variety of essential nutrients. Diabetics can ensure optimum nutrient intake by adding vegetables to their diet in more than one ways. From salads to curries, there are plenty of options to choose from.
5. And all kinds of pulses
Pulses are widely consumed in India. There are can be prepared in various ways. Pulses are a popular source of plant-based protein.
Foods with low glycemic index help promote healthy blood sugar levels. You can take help from your doctor to understand the GI score of different foods.
(Dr. V Mohan is Chairman & Chief of Diabetology at Dr. Mohan's Diabetes Specialities Centre & President, Madras Diabetes Research Foundation, Chennai, India)
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