Diabetic Meals

by Jerry Denton
(Sun City, AZ USA)

Visitor Question:

I've just been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and was put on Metformin twice a day. I noticed that I can have "some" carbs and starches and am wondering if corn tortillas are better than ones made from whole wheat flour? Thanks!

Lifetime Fat Loss Answers:

Congratulations, it sounds like you are on your way to a much healthier you! Nope. Whole wheat tortillas are a better choice than the corn tortillas. Corn tortillas, with a glycemic index of 52, have a higher glycemic index than wholewheat (glycemic index 30) or even better, sprouted wheat tortillas which have the lowest glycemic index. The gi, as it's called, tells you whether the food raises your blood sugar.

The glycemic load, which takes into account the quantity of the carbs in the food, is also lower for the whole wheat tortilla and lower still for the sprouted grain tortilla. This is because corn is a sweet somewhat starchy vegetable and generally speaking the more whole grains in a food the slower it will be to metabolize and the more fiber it has. This is what you need to keep your blood sugar low.

Foods made from sprouted grains will always have a lower glycemic load and will keep your blood sugar nice and low longer. They are the highest in fiber because the grain is allowed to sprout which means the food contains more nutrients and fiber. You want high fiber in your carbohydrate foods. The more whole grains in a food the better.

I have written so much about the best low glycemic, carbohydrate choices on this website. You may want to print this list of low glycemic foods. The key to successful weight management and maintaining low blood sugar is eating low glycemic, nutrient dense foods. That and falling in love with an aerobic exercise you love doing at least 5 days a week!

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