Is Wheat Good or Bad For Diabetes
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Hello, I’m Ty Mason from TheDiabetesCouncil.com, researcher, writer and I have type 2 diabetes. Today I’m going to answer the question, is wheat good for diabetes. But before we get into that, make sure you download my free diabetes management book which also includes diabetes grocery shopping guide (foods to eat and avoid) by clicking the link:http://bit.ly/2g0NDAH
Wheat. You know what it is, don’t you? I thought I did. But there is more to wheat than meets the eye. And how we use wheat, what we do with it and how we consume it can make a huge difference in answering this question. Wheat is a cereal grain that is produced worldwide. It is the 3rd most harvested cereal grain behind maze (corn) and rice. Wheat consists of 3 parts.
The endosperm makes up about 83 percent of each kernel. The bran makes up about 14.5% and the germ 2.5%. Breads, crackers, pasta, flour, cereal, condiments, beer, just a short list of how we use wheat. It is hard to find processed foods without some type of wheat product in it. Wheat has been around since the cradle of civilization. Wheat is not bad, but has changed.
In the 1870’s the steel roller mill revolutionized how wheat was processed. Instead of just grinding up the kernels together, like the old stone mills, producers could now easily separate the parts of the kernel and make what they called “fancy flour.”Today we just call it white flour. This product stored for a long time and pests didn’t get into the flour bags. People were elated. Of course, now we know the reason the mice and bugs wouldn’t eat the flour.
The process had stripped the flour from all of it’s vital nutrients.This new method of making flour used just the endosperm, which is the largest part of the kernel. But the endosperm is mostly starch. Starch is not a friend to a person with diabetes. It raises blood glucose levels and causes weight gain. It is fine to each some starchy foods, but with any food, do so in moderation.
What about whole wheat bread? Whole wheat bread is made with the entire kernel of wheat. It adds in the bran and the germ.
Whole wheat bread contains the nutrients of the wheat. It is rich in fiber, vitamins B6 and E, magnesium, zinc, folic acid and chromium. So, is wheat good for a person with diabetes? All wheat products contain starch and carbs. But whole wheat products are much better for a person with diabetes.
The old rule of thumb was, don’t eat anything white.This meant bread, pasta, etc. Wheat itself is not bad for you, just remember to watch those carbs and look at labels that say 100% whole wheat. Made from whole wheat is not the same. I hope this answered your question is wheat good or bad for diabetes.
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