Baked Potato | Diabetes Forum The Global Diabetes Community
Diabetes Forum The Global Diabetes Community Find support, ask questions and share your experiences. Join the community Had a baked potato and spaghetti hoops for dinner, thought I had correctly carb counted and given the right amount of novorapid but checked my blood sugars 2 hours after and they were 10.5.. checked again there now and now they have creeped up again to 12.3. Any ideas why this has happened ? Had a baked potato and spaghetti hoops for dinner, thought I had correctly carb counted and given the right amount of novorapid but checked my blood sugars 2 hours after and they were 10.5.. checked again there now and now they have creeped up again to 12.3. Any ideas why this has happened ? did you have a lot of fat with it too..? maybe it is the mysterious pizza-effect ... No didn't have any fat just had the potato and spaghetti hoops No didn't have any fat just had the potato and spaghetti hoops I thought so too, it has me feeling frustrated now my blood sugars were good all day till then how many grams of carbs was it all in all...? maybe the blood can only transform a certain maximum amount at a time and therefor it is continuing to rice longer than normal... it was like 300-400 grams of carbs or what ? I guess the spaghetti hoops contributed too. What was the total carb count of the meal? Ok. It's possible the pasta part is giving you a slow rise. If it's a meal you like, you could try again with slightly more insulin so that you can find what amount works for that meal. I get similar highs after baked potato and baked beans so I just add a tiny amount to my bolus. Had a baked potato and spaghetti hoops for dinner, thought I had correctly carb counted and given the right amount of novorapid but checked my blood sugars 2 hours after and they were 10.5.. check Continue reading >>
Potatoes: Good Or Bad?
Potatoes have long been considered the most basic of basic foods, a no-frills staple for the everyman or everywoman. One reason potatoes have earned this distinction is, no doubt, their low cost, but another may be their basic nutritional qualities: They are fat-, sodium-, and cholesterol-free, and a medium-size potato contains just 110 calories. Nevertheless, the reputation of potatoes has taken a hit lately due to their relatively high glycemic index, which means that the carbohydrate in them is quickly converted to glucose when digested. Many people with diabetes take glycemic index into account when deciding what foods to incorporate into their diet. So how good or bad are potatoes when it comes to weight control and glucose tolerance? A study examining these topics was published earlier this month by the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. According to an article on the study in the Daily Mail, the effect of potatoes on weight control may be modestly positive. Researchers assigned 90 overweight participants to one of three groups. Two of these groups were taught how to reduce their daily caloric intake by 500 calories, but one group was taught how to do this by eating mostly high-glycemic-index foods, and the other by eating mostly low-glycemic-index foods. The third group was not told to change anything about the caloric or glycemic-index composition of their diet. All three groups were told, however, to consume 5–7 servings of potatoes per week. After 12 weeks of following their prescribed diets, there were no significant differences between the groups in terms of weight loss or body composition changes. All three groups, however, experienced modest weight loss and improvements in body composition. Since the only dietary change that all three groups h Continue reading >>
Potato Vs Sweet Potato
Diabetes Forum The Global Diabetes Community Find support, ask questions and share your experiences. Join the community How potato got less sugar than sweet potato Sweet potato has 27.9gm carbs/100gm and 14.5gm sugar. Boiled potato (old not new one) has 18.0gm carbs and 0.7gm sugar. So sweet potato is very much higher in sugar. Both will tend to push up blood glucose levels. Is sweet potato on the naughty list ? I thought it was better to eat than potato ( I'm new to this ) Is sweet potato on the naughty list ? I thought it was better to eat than potato ( I'm new to this ) Best to try it and test as you might be lucky. We don't buy sweet potatoes as they make my daughter's mouth itchy, so I haven't tested them myself. Wow. Who knew. I can't risk anything at present that may raise bs/bg as my job at risk. I will start experimenting next month but learning loads already. Thanks Sweet potato generally has a lower GI especially if boiled. I can eat sweet potatoes but not potatoes so if you want to see which one your body tolerates better you will need to test Wow. Who knew. I can't risk anything at present that may raise bs/bg as my job at risk. I will start experimenting next month but learning loads already. Thanks If you like mash, you might want to try mashing cauliflower or celeriac or even turnip when you are ready. Good luck. Mash Cauliflower sounds yum. Will try that Sweet potato generally has a lower GI especially if boiled. I can eat sweet potatoes but not potatoes so if you want to see which one your body tolerates better you will need to test Yes sweet potato has a GI of 61 compared with (old) baked potato with a GI of 85, BUT if you look at the GL sweet potato is slightly higher with a GL of 17 compared with potato's GL of 15. So I guess that there's not reall Continue reading >>
Do Potatoes Cause Diabetes?
Are potatoes dangerous? Do potatoes cause diabetes? You might think so if you followed the headlines. In 2006, the media was full of reports making these claims, some of which are still being made today. All of this attention was based on the results of a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.1 The prospective study followed 84,555 women in the famed Nurses’ Health Study. At the start, the women, aged 34–59 years, had no history of chronic disease, and completed a validated food frequency questionnaire. These women were then followed for 20 years with repeated assessments of their diet. The study concluded, “Our findings suggest a modest positive association between the consumption of potatoes and the risk of type 2 diabetes in women. This association was more pronounced when potatoes were substituted for whole grains.” So, let’s take a closer look at the study and see how accurate these claims are, and where the truth really lies. Specifically, we will look at five key points. Are all potatoes equal? Or “When is a potato not a potato?” In the study, participants were asked how often, on average, in the previous year, they had consumed potatoes. The options they were given to choose from were either: a) One baked or one cup mashed potato b) 4 ounces of french-fried potatoes These were the only two choices the subjects could pick from. So, while these may represent how potatoes are often consumed here in America, they do not account for any differences in how the potatoes were prepared and served. And mashed potatoes were counted in with baked potatoes, which are two completely different forms of preparing potatoes. In America, whether it is at home or in restaurants, most all mashed potatoes are made with milk and butter and/or marg Continue reading >>
Baked Potatoes With A Twist
Try this healthy alternative to the traditional baked potato! Ingredients 4 medium potatoes 1/4 cups red lentils 1 celery 1 carrot 1 cup vegetable stock, reduced salt 1/4 cups soy or dairy milk (reduced fat) 1/4 cups cashew nuts (toasted) Method Pre-heat oven to 200°C. Wrap each potato in foil and bake for 15 minutes or until cooked through. Place lentils, finely chopped carrot, diced celery and stock in a small saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce heat, cover and cook for 10 minutes. Scoop out flesh of potatoes leaving a hole for filing. Mix potato with lentil mixture and milk then return to potatoes. Sprinkle with cashews and serve with a green salad. Continue reading >>
Prediabetes And Potatoes: Are Potatoes Ok To Eat?
Prediabetes and Potatoes: Are Potatoes Ok to Eat? Many ladies tell me they haven't eaten a potato since they got diagnosed with Prediabetes and Insulin Resistance. Are potatoes bad? Do you have to avoid them? Today I'll tell you if Prediabetes and Potatoes are ok together...AND tell you what you can eat and what you can't. Potatoes have gotten a bad rap lately and most of it is total nonsense! Some people even say eating a potato is the same as drinking soda! I have to tell you ladies...potatoes are VERY healthy for you! Some potatoes are much better than others, AND some ways of cooking potatoes are WAYYYY better for blood sugar control. I'll talk about that in a bit... We need to talk about all the good stuff in potatoes. Potatoes are a Nutrition-Packed Powerhouse 1. Potatoes Have More Potassium Than A Banana! (potassium lowers blood pressure and blood sugar) In fact, in a study of over 12,000 people, the incidence of diabetes went UP as potassium levels went DOWN! And doctors have linked Type 2 Diabetes to low levels of potassium. 2. Potatoes Are An Excellent Source Of Vitamin C Vitamin C deficiency has been linked to poor blood sugar control. Low Vitamin C levels are also linked to inflammation (which you've got tons of because of your Insulin Resistance). 3. Potatoes Are A Good Source Of B Vitamins B vitamins are essential for proper metabolism INCLUDING blood sugar control. Low Vitamin B6 is linked to nerve damage in Type 2 Diabetes. 4. Potatoes Are A Great Source Of Essential Minerals Low magnesium has been linked to Type 2 Diabetes and is essential for proper blood sugar control. Proper mineral balance is also essential for healthy blood pressure levels. High Blood Pressure is linked with Type 2 Diabetes. Prediabetes and Potatoes & Blood Sugar Control A lot of Continue reading >>
Beans And Cheese Baked Potato
This is a tasty alternative to sandwiches for lunch. Baked potatoes are versatile and you can add your own favourite filling. A serving of beans count towards your 5 a day and are also a good source of low fat protein and fibre. Try to use low fat cheese as suggested in this recipe as ordinary cheddar is high in saturated fat. We need 3 servings of calcium a day, and cheese in this recipe counts as one of these servings. Carbohydrate: Potatoes contain carbohydrates so they will have an effect on glucose levels, read at the nutrition label to see total carbohydrate content. Choose a smaller sized potato if you need to lose weight. Ingredients – Serves 2 Adults 2 large potatoes, scrubbed not peeled 1 x 225g / 8 oz. small can of baked beans 55g / 2 oz. of low-fat cheddar cheese, grated Salt and pepper to taste Method Pre-heat the oven to 220°C / 425°F / Gas Mark 7 Wash the potatoes and then prick them all over with a fork Bake in a pre-heated oven for 1½ hours or until the inside is tender Heat the baked beans in a saucepan on the hob or in the microwave according to instructions on the tin Cut the potato in half and carefully scoop the centre out of the potato Mix this potato with the baked beans and pepper Return the mixture to potato skin and sprinkle with grated cheese Place in a hot oven and bake until warmed through and golden Source: safefood www.safefood.eu Continue reading >>
11 Superfoods For Your Diabetes Diet
Getty Images What to Eat to Beat Type 2 Diabetes What makes a food “super”? When it comes to type 2 diabetes, it’s not just about foods that pack lots of nutrients. For a diabetes-friendly diet, you also need foods that will help keep your blood sugar levels in check. “Look for items that contain healthy fats and are high in vitamins, minerals, and fiber,” says Sue McLaughlin, RD, a certified diabetes educator at Burgess Health Center in Onawa, Iowa. It’s also crucial to eat a wide variety of foods to make sure you’re getting a healthy mix of phytochemicals and essential fatty acids. Add these 11 superfoods to your grocery cart to keep your diet diabetes-friendly. Continue reading >>
Problem Foods: Can Diabetics Eat Potatoes?
Can people with diabetes eat potatoes? The answer is yes, and even more resounding when you have some info in your back pocket. Potatoes come in every form imaginable—from chips to potato salad, from fries to baked potatoes with butter and sour cream. Some forms are obviously more nutritious than others. And all can have varying effects on blood sugar. Here are some recommendations: Sweet potatoes and yams are good choices on the potato spectrum as they have a lower glycemic index and glycemic load than a regular baked russet potato, therefore affecting blood glucose less. Small red potatoes with the skin can also be a good choice. The skin provides fiber, which slows digestion and absorption. And small, whole potatoes may be easier to portion control. Serve a few on your plate as opposed to a whole baked potato or scoop of mashed potatoes. Try to limit fried potatoes and potato chips, choosing roasted, baked or broiled instead. Be aware of portion size. The plate method is an easy way to manage this: about ¼ of your plate should come from starchy foods and only the depth of a deck of cards. It might not be the potato itself wreaking havoc on blood sugar, but instead the portion of potatoes if it is more than about ¾ to 1 cup. Many, many years ago, nurses, dietitians, and diabetes educators were instructed to teach their patients with diabetes to eat certain foods and not eat others. But in more modern times, the belief and teaching method is based on making healthy food choices, understanding portion sizes, and learning the best times to eat in order to manage diabetes. This method of not having to eliminate foods from the diet is supported by the American Diabetes Association and the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Blood glucose control and food choice Continue reading >>
Sweet Potatoes Vs. Baked Potato
Friend T1 since 2000, diabetes neuropathy, on the pump Well, today I went to lunch at Long Horn and instead of getting the salad I always eat, I ordered the grilled shrimp with a sweet potato (no sugar just butter). I hate sweet potatoes, but I didn't want to take the chance on what a regular one would do to my sugar. I liked it a lot actually, it didn't taste bad, I could tell there was no sugar on it except for the natural flavors. Guess what it did to my sugars? 2 hours after I was at 275!! WOW! I haven't been that high that I can recall for a long time. So, I corrected and walked around the building once. Its on its way down, but its hitting me. I thought sweet potatoes are better for you?? Is that not true? Its been so long since I learned my carb counting, I forget. I only counted it as 35 carbs, guess I was wrong! Lost 60 pounds and maintaining since 02/2009 Friend treat with herbs....very successful Well, glad you enjoyed the potatoes (sweet). So do I and I think they are better than white potatoes for diabetic's, however a cup of sweet potatoes has 49 carbs if my memory is correct. I like to cut them up into strips like fries and dip in egg white, spread on baking sheet and spinkle parmaseiun (sp) cheese and bake for 30 minutes or so until brown. They are delicious. Friend T1 since 2000, diabetes neuropathy, on the pump 49 in a cup! Wowa, guess I messed up for sure. This was a large sweet potato and I counted it as 35. D.D. Family Type 1 since 02/2005, OmniPod Sweet potatoes have carbs, just like regular ones do. And it is important to figure out how much you're eating, just like any carb. They are much better for you than the white potatoes, like Joel said. So do try to stick with them instead of the others, just bolus appropriately! D.D. Family T2 for 24 yea Continue reading >>
Can Baked Potatoes Spike My Blood Sugar?
Baked potatoes are known to send your blood sugar into an uproar because of their high carbohydrate content. But not all potatoes have that effect. Some baked spuds are low on the glycemic index, causing minimal glucose elevations. Whether or not you eat your steamy side with the skin on makes a difference. Peeling your potato makes it digest quicker, causing a bigger effect on your blood sugar. Video of the Day The glycemic index, or GI, is a scoring system for foods containing carbohydrates. High-GI foods, with a score high than 70, cause your blood sugar to spike quickly. Medium-glycemic foods rank at 55 to 70 on the scale and have modest effects on blood sugar. Ideally, the majority of the foods you eat should be low on the glycemic index and have a rate of less than 55. These low-GI foods raise your blood sugar slightly over a longer period of time. Russet and White Potatoes Russet potatoes are some of the worst offenders when it comes to upping your blood sugar. A baked russet has an average GI rank of 85. If you eat the skin, it falls a bit lower, whereas peeling the skin away makes it as high as 111. Baked white potatoes tend to fall at around 50 on the glycemic scale, although you have to leave the skin on when you eat them. Otherwise your low-glycemic baked tater can be closer to 100, making it highly likely to make your blood sugar surge. Rather than your usual starchy spud, opt for a baked sweet potato. A cooked sweet potato can be as low as 44 on the scale. Although if you don’t eat the skin, that low-GI sweet potato is more likely to elevate your blood sugar, because the score can go up to 78. Or you can opt for a yam instead. Yams have an average GI of just 37, with the skin on or off, meaning they’ll have little effect on blood sugar. Most of the ing Continue reading >>
Should People Suffering From Diabetes Eat Potatoes?
Potatoes are a controversial food for diabetics. Most believe that eating potatoes in any form – boiled, baked, fried or in a vegetable preparation can make their glucose levels soar. However, this isn’t completely false. Potatoes can mess with a diabetic’s meal plan. Being a nutrient dense food, high in complex carbohydrates and dietary fibre, they are high on the glycemic index. The glycemic index (GI) is an indicator of how fast the carbohydrates present in your food will raise your blood glucose levels. Foods with high GI will raise the levels quickly as compared to food with low GI value. Here is a sample diabetic meal plan for you to follow. In the case of potatoes, all the starch and carbohydrate present in it breaks down into glucose and raises your blood sugar level after consumption. The GI of a boiled white potato is 85, which is quite high. Here are eight healthy foods that are bad for diabetics. What you can do? That said you don’t have to say no to potatoes completely. If you are cautious about your diet and exercise regularly, then probably you can include potatoes in your meal. Remember, even if you are diabetic your body will still need carbohydrates for energy. So, first consider what your carbohydrate requirement is and how much do you need. Here are seven fruits that are good for diabetics. If you are a diabetic your goal should be to limit your carbohydrate consumption to 45 to 65 percent of your total caloric intake, which means if your consume 2200 calories of food in a day around 1450 calories should come from carbohydrates. This indicates that if you include one small bowl (katori) of potato in one of your main meals you can still be safe. The idea is not to overdo food. Too much aloo ka sabzi can definitely wreck havoc on your glucose l Continue reading >>
Potatoes & Diabetes: Dietary Trends & Truths About Taters
Potatoes & Diabetes: Dietary Trends & Truths About Taters Are potatoes dangerous? Do potatoes cause diabetes? You might think so if you followed the headlines, as in 2006, the media was full of reports making these claims, some of which are still being made today. All of this attention was based on the results of a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.(1) The study was a prospective study of 84,555 women in the Nurses’ Health Study. At the start, the women, aged 34–59 years, had no history of chronic disease, and completed a validated food frequency questionnaire. These women were then followed for 20 years with repeated assessments of their diet. The studies conclusion, as stated in the abstract was, "Our findings suggest a modest positive association between the consumption of potatoes and the risk of type 2 diabetes in women. This association was more pronounced when potatoes were substituted for whole grains.” So, lets take a closer look at the study and see how accurate these claims are, and where the "truth about taters" really lies. Specifically, we will look at 6 important key points. 1) Are all potatoes equal? Or “when is a potato not a potato?” In the study, participants were asked how often, on average, in the previous year, they had consumed potatoes. The options they were given to choose from were either a) - 1 baked or 1 cup mashed potato b) - 4 oz of French fried potatoes These were the only 2 choices the subjects could pick from. So, while these may represent how potatoes are often consumed here in America, they do not account for any differences in how the potatoes were prepared and served. And, mashed potatoes were counted in with baked potatoes, which are two completely different forms of potatoes. So, lets take a cl Continue reading >>
Why Do Potatoes Raise Blood Glucose More Than Sugar?
It can be surprising to find out that potatoes are generally high on the glycemic index (GI), which rates how much certain foods raise your blood glucose. After all, it's a staple in diets throughout the world because potatoes are an affordable and nutritious vegetable. Plus, most people associate blood sugar with foods that contain sugar. How is it that a potato has a higher GI than white sugar? It's all about the starch and how it converts to glucose in your body. However, not all potatoes are created equal and there are ways to lower their impact on your blood glucose. You may still be able to enjoy a few potatoes here and there, you'll just want to keep your servings in check. Too often, glucose is associated with sweetness and regular white potatoes are not a food that's generally considered sweet. Potatoes are almost all starch, though, and that starch is made up of long strings of glucose. Since the starch in potatoes is rapidly digested, the glycemic index of potatoes can be almost as high as that of glucose alone. The glycemic index of glucose is 100 points where potatoes are usually listed as being in the high 80s or low 90s. Sucrose (table sugar), on the other hand, has a GI of 59 and is a disaccharide (two sugar) molecule. It is made up of one glucose molecule and one fructose molecule joined together. Fructose is processed differently in your body than glucose, and it doesn't affect your blood sugar as much. However, fructose causes problems of its own when you eat too much of it. With that, it's fair to say that an ounce of carbohydrate from potatoes has twice the glucose as sugar. When you think of it that way, it's only logical that potatoes would raise blood glucose more. There are many varieties of potatoes and it would not be accurate to say that eve Continue reading >>
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Twice Baked Potatoes
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