Breads For A Diabetes-friendly Diet
Bread consumption can often hinder the control of blood glucose in diabetics. Many types of bread are laden with carbohydrates and sugar causing blood glucose to rise. However, for those that refuse to surrender their daily bread, there are a few low carbohydrate breads that can contribute to fiber content in the diet and will not drastically raise blood glucose levels. The American Diabetes Association recommends high fiber breads made from whole grains to keep blood glucose from spiking and to maintain optimal digestive health. As always, it is imperative to consult with a licensed dietitian familiar with diabetes before attempting to drastically alter any diet for a medical condition. Video of the Day Pumpernickel bread is a dark brown color that is low on the glycemic index. For 1 one ounce slice, pumpernickel scores a 51 with 1 g of fat and 15 g of carbohydrate. Pumpernickel traces its origins to Germany, and was traditionally made to feed the hungry. The German Food Guide describes pumpernickel as a whole grain bread made from rye flour and coarse rye meal that, in America, has the addition of molasses or sour mix for sourdough adding to its signature color, aroma and taste. Sourdough is a white bread that is low on the glycemic index. For a 1-oz. slice, sourdough scores a 52 with 1 g g of fat and 20 g of carbohydrate. Sourdough is a rather lean dough that obtains much of its robust flavor and texture from the sour mix that ferments over time adding leavening as well as flavor. While it is a white dough, the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Center for Integrative Medicine's Glycemic Food Index ranks sourdough lower than most in scoring making it a favorable option for diabetics. Wholegrain vs. Stoneground Wheat Wholegrain wheat provides a considerable Continue reading >>
Best Bread For People With Diabetes
The smell of a freshly baked bread, or the sight of bread, is enough to send your senses reeling. Though people with diabetes should eat bread in moderation, sometimes it can be easy to get carried away. After all, bread is one of the most popular foods all over the globe. Just because you have diabetes, it doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on all the great bread that life has to offer. In order to be able to eat bread if you have diabetes, there are a few things that you will need to know. Sonya’s Story Sonya sat across from me. She looked defeated. She hung her head low. “I don’t know how I’ll ever give up bread,” she said. “It’s my favorite food. Now that I have Type 2 Diabetes, I know I can’t eat bread, rice, or pasta.” “You can have bread, rice, and pasta in small amounts. I can teach you which kind of breads are best for you, so that you can get some of your favorite food,” I said. “That would be great,” said Sonya. “Wow, I feel a lot better! When can I come to class and learn about this?” “You can come tomorrow,” I said. “I’ll find you some bread recipes that you can make at home with diabetes-friendly ingredients, so that the bread you do eat is healthier. It will also be lower in carbohydrates than some other breads, and the carbohydrates will be good carbohydrates.” Sonya came to class where she learnt valuable information about making diabetes-friendly breads. Now she makes them for herself, and a few other friends with diabetes that she happened to have met in her diabetes classes. Breads with high fibers Breads that are whole grain, and high in fiber, such as oats or bran, are the best type of bread for people with diabetes to eat. While you can have a serving or two of bread, you still need to stay within the Continue reading >>
What Is A Low Gi Bread?
Written by Melodie Anne ; Updated November 28, 2017 Whole-grain bread has a lower GI than refined white bread. The glycemic index, or GI, rates foods on a scale of 1 to 100 based on how they affect your blood sugar. Low-glycemic index foods have a glycemic index value less than 55. These foods take a while to break down in your gut, resulting in a steady increase in blood sugar. Foods with a glycemic index over 70 are high on the scale and cause your blood sugar to surge and then suddenly drop. If you are managing diabetes or following certain weight-loss diets, selecting low-glycemic index breads may help keep your blood sugar under control. Some types of whole-grain breads are low on the glycemic index scale. Coarse barley bread, which is very dense, has a glycemic index rating of about 34. Pumpernickel bread, a less dense bread more suitable for sandwiches, has a glycemic rating of 50. Bread made with 50 percent cracked wheat kernel has a glycemic index of around 58, and 100 percent whole-grain bread has a glycemic index of 51, according to the Harvard Medical School. Any of these bread options are low on the glycemic index scale. Pitas are an alternative to traditional sliced bread and generally fall in the middle of the glycemic index. White pita bread has a glycemic index of 57. Whole-grain pitas may have a slightly lower glycemic index rating since they contain natural compounds called phytates. These compounds slow the rate of digestion, resulting in a reduced surge in blood sugar, says the Better Health Channel. Add pitas to your diet by slicing the pita in half to create two pockets for your sandwich. Or you can leave it whole and make an individual pizza, topped with tomato sauce, veggies and low-fat cheese. Tortillas are made with most of the same ingredien Continue reading >>
Tips For Diabetics About Sandwich Nutrition
Tips for Diabetics About Sandwich Nutrition By Stacey Hugues | Reviewed by Richard N. Fogoros, MD Diabetics, take note of these sandwich nutrition facts and ideas.Don't let the idea of two slices of bread scare you away. Diabetics can and should take advantage of this quick, simple, and portable meal option. How to Control Carbs, Fat and Calories in a Sandwich Use two slices of reduced-calorie bread or 1/2 of a whole-wheat pita for the base of your sandwich. Or, skip the bread and for even fewer calories and carbs and use large lettuce or spinach leaves instead. Use avocado instead of mayonnaise as a spread on sandwiches. Though the avocado contains fat, it is unsaturated fat. Healthy fat as a component of a diabetic meal can help to control blood sugar levels . A good diabetic meal includes low-fat protein, so opt for low-fat turkey and low-fat cheese slices over fattier options like bologna, salami, and full-fat cheese. Instead of the traditional lettuce and tomato, try other vegetable toppings on your sandwiches such as sliced or shredded carrots, spinach or arugula, roasted squash or red peppers, or thinly sliced green apples. When making homemade tuna or chicken salad, add vegetables such as diced carrots, celery, peppers, spinach, or add slivered almonds. The vegetables will increase the fiber and help cut the fat. The almonds will add extra protein and good fat. Use just enough low-fat sandwich spread to hold everything together. Or, skip the sandwich spread and just squeeze fresh lemon juice over your tuna or chicken salad. This works well if you use a whole-wheat pita or lettuce leaves instead of bread. Many of us hit Subway for their purportedly low-carb sandwiches, but the bottom line isSubway is not really a healthy alternative for those attempting to limit Continue reading >>
Can Diabetics Eat Whole Wheat Bread? August 23, 2011 Return To Blog
Diabetes is a metabolic disease, meaning there is a glitch in the way the body converts food energy into usable energy. A healthy reaction to eating carbohydrate is a rise in blood sugar (glucose) followed by insulin being released as a response. The insulin acts as a key to open up cells within the brain and organs to let glucose in to be used as an immediate source of energy. Any unused energy is then stored in the liver, muscle, and fat tissues. Someone with diabetes has a rise in blood glucose but insulin is either not released or cells are resistant to the insulin. This is why diabetics have difficulty returning their high blood sugar levels back down to normal and thus need to control how much carbohydrate (glucose source) they put into their body throughout the day. Control carbohydrates. With a little effort and control diabetes can easily be managed. Diabetics should not condemn, but rather control carbohydrates. They should focus on allowing their body only the amount of carbohydrates it can handle at one time (this can be determined by a doctor or registered dietitian). Despite being diabetic, the body still needs and uses carbohydrates as its preferred source of energy. In fact, it is the only source of fuel for the brain! So it should never be eliminated, just merely controlled so your body can handle the glucose load. Stick to an eating plan. There is no single ideal eating plan for those with diabetes; the recommended plan is specific to a person’s weight, medication, blood sugars, cholesterol, and other medical conditions or concerns. Despite the varying eating plans, all diabetics should be consistent with their eating habits. Also, they need to eat about every 4-5 hours to prevent blood sugars from getting too low. Additionally, breakfast is an impor Continue reading >>
What Kind Of Bread Is Best For Diabetics?
Diabetes and bread… So many questions come up about good ‘ol bread. And not surprisingly because it's a staple food that we've all grown up on. Toast for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, a side of bread for dinner, it's a pretty common practice right? But if you're diabetic, should bread get the cut? Is it okay to eat? Are there certain types of breads that are better than others? These are all great questions so let's dig in and go over this together now. If you have any questions, just leave them at the bottom of the post and we'll chat about it. JUMP TO MENU: What Kind of Bread Is Best? | Wheat & Rye Breads | Sourdough Bread | Does Cutting Bread Help? | Making Low Carb Breads At Home | Is Bread Better Than Cereal? | Low Carb Bread Options You Can Buy | Free Bread Baking Class What Kind Of Bread Is Best For A Diabetic? We've recently covered the types of flours that are best for diabetes, so before we dig in and talk about breads, let's briefly look at the flour cheat sheet. See how everything above coconut flour goes up from 30 g net carbs and above, which is really getting up there. In reality, the best breads for you to eat are ones made from flaxseed, almond, chickpea or coconut flour, which are a bit more difficult to come by. Of course, the simplest way to overcome this is to make your own. But, I understand that not everyone wants to make their own, and thankfully, there are quite a number of companies that supply great low carb bread options you can buy. Whole Wheat & Rye Bread and Diabetes It's often recommended that you eat whole grains instead of the white stuff and it's true, whole grains are a better choice because they are complex carbs, rather than simple carbs. But, when you take the whole grain and grind it into a flour, it changes the way your bo Continue reading >>
What Kinds Of Bread Can A Diabetic Eat?
Diabetics should avoid white bread and anything else made with white flour because it can raise their blood sugar levels quickly. White flour and glucose, or pure sugar, are used to rank foods according to how fast they raise blood glucose. When a diabetic eats white bread, it is just like eating sugar. Whole Grains Are Best Finding the glycemic index of foods containing carbohydrates is a good way to control your diet and blood sugar level. Bread that is 100 percent stone-ground whole-wheat or pumpernickel is best because of its low glycemic level. Diabetics should be very careful to choose only bread that is 100 percent whole-wheat. If the label says, "Wheat Bread," the bread could contain a high content of white flour. It is best to avoid oat bread and other breads as well because they often contain white flour, which should always be treated like pure sugar when you have diabetes. Although some other breads and foods that are a lot like bread may look darker, this does not mean that they are whole-wheat products. Some bagels look like they are stone-ground whole-wheat, but they could actually be made with mostly white flour. Crackers may also look like they have wheat in them, and they might be partially made from whole wheat. This does not make them safe for diabetics to eat, however, because they will likely cause a spike in their glucose levels. Whole-wheat bread, rye, and pita breads that are not made from 100 percent stone-ground whole-wheat or pumpernickel are considered by the American Diabetes Association to be medium GI foods. Other Foods to Avoid There are many other bread products full of carbohydrates that cause spikes in blood sugar. They have a high glycemic index and include mashed potatoes, corn flakes, instant oatmeal, puffed rice, bran flakes, and Continue reading >>
Review: 15 Great Low-carb Breads (and 1 To Avoid!)
REVIEW: 15 Great Low-Carb Breads (and 1 to avoid!) Eating a diabetes-friendly diet that doesnt ban bread altogether can be tricky. But more and more, the food industry is coming out with better and better options around low-carb breads. Here are a few to look for (and one to avoid) during your next trip to the grocery store. Kid-tested and mother-approved! (Looking for low-carb snacks? Check out 15Carbs Snack List .) Josephs High Fiber Plus Pita Bread Pockets : These are 22 grams of total carbohydrates with 9 grams of dietary fiber, which brings you to a total of 13 grams of carbohydrates that will actually be digested and broken down into glucose. Not bad! And they actually taste good! Josephs Low Carb Tortilla :This tortilla comes with 11 total carbohydrates and 6 grams of fiber. Which brings your total carb count to 5 grams. Not bad at all! Considering the average flour tortilla comes with barely 1 gram of fiber, Id say 6 grams is awesome. Ezekiel Flax Sprouted Whole Grain Bread: This bread is packed with goodness, and will definitely give you far more than the average slice of overly processed white bread or whole wheat bread. With 14 total carbohydrates per slice, and 4 grams of fiber, youll get 100 grams of calories per slice. (Theyve also got one of the lowest carb/highest fiber pastas Ive ever seen.) Udis Gluten-Free Millet-Chia Bread: Usually gluten-free bread is twice as carby as normal breads. Two slices of Udis white sandwich bread only has 24 grams of carbohydrates and 5 grams of fiber, which leaves you with 19 grams of carbohydrates for 2 slices. Very impressive for a gluten-free bread. (Although, I really recommend using their white bread for french toast, for the sake of simplicity and traditional french toast taste.) BFree Foods Gluten-Free Sandwich Br Continue reading >>
Cloud Bread | Everydaydiabeticrecipes.com
You must be logged in to add a private note. Login | Register We are adding the recipe to your Recipe Box. You must be logged in to add a recipe. Login | Register The next time you make a sandwich, a hamburger, or any other meal that involves slices of bread, try it on Cloud Bread. Cloud Bread is a totally gluten-free , low-carb, low-calorie, and low-fat bread alternative. It's a healthier choice that looks like a fluffy cloud and tastes so good! Cloud Bread pizza, anyone? Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Coat 2 baking sheets with cooking spray. In a small bowl, mix egg yolks, cream cheese, and sugar until smooth. In a medium bowl, combine cream of tartar with egg whites; beat with an electric mixer on high speed until fluffy and stiff peaks form. Gently fold egg yolk mixture into egg white mixture until well combined. Spoon mixture into 10 even rounds on baking sheets. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. How to Store Cloud Bread:The best way to store this healthy bread recipeis in an airtight container. How to Freeze Cloud Bread: After letting cool and storing in airtight container, freeze. Thaw the frozen bread before warming it up in the oven. Note that the bread will take on a softer texture after being frozen. What to Eat with Cloud Bread:Anything! Think of it as a bread substitute. You can eat it as-is, with your favorite spread, or even put sandwich fixin's between them. You can even try making a cloud bread pizza! It's up to you! If you find that you need your bread to be a little more firm, allow it to sit overnight first. We've got more easy low-carb bread recipes! Check out ourrecipe for Easy English Muffin or Cheese Biscuits. Continue reading >>
Chasing The Perfect Bread For A Diabetic Diet
Since the day I learned that carbohydrates were the culprit for raising blood sugar, I have been trying to find a way to keep eating them. The reason? I love carbohydrates. There are diets that have little or no bread, fruits, or vegetables, and some people with diabetes use them. It would be simple to eliminate most carbs from your life and live on protein and fats. But I will not do it. Keeping carbohydrates in my eating plan is a challenge, but it is worth it to me. The thought of living without them makes the future seem gray and empty. Carbs add color to my life. Since I made this decision, I have been looking for the best carbs. There is plenty of advice for people with diabetes, as well as people who just want to lose weight, about which carbohydrates to eat. So why have I found this so difficult? One problem is that the glycemic index, which ranks foods according to their impact on blood sugar, is not absolute. What fuels the changes in advice? For one thing, research has uncovered the vital importance of fiber, its impact on carbohydrate digestion, and the amazing way it helps control blood sugar. The big news today is that vegetable fiber encourages the growth of good bacteria. Where do we find all of this wonderful fiber? It comes from carbohydrates. Hurrah! Another problem with deciding what to eat is conflicting information. The American Diabetes Association and American Heart Association often agree on what is best, targeting calories as an important area of focus. Needless to say, they both advise that we limit high-calorie carbohydrates like desserts. But they encourage including wheat in your diet. Whole wheat is best, they say. But trying to find a good whole wheat bread turns out to be tricky, since bread labels can be confusing. A dismaying number of Continue reading >>
13 Best And Worst Foods For People With Diabetes
If you have diabetes, watching what you eat is one of the most important things you can do to stay healthy. "The basic goal of nutrition for people with diabetes is to avoid blood sugar spikes," said Dr. Gerald Bernstein, director of the diabetes management program at Friedman Diabetes Institute, Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. Candy and soda can be dangerous for diabetics because the body absorbs these simple sugars almost instantly. But all types of carbs need to be watched, and foods high in fat—particularly unhealthy fats—are problematic as well because people with diabetes are at very high risk of heart disease, said Sandy Andrews, RD, director of education for the William Sansum Diabetes Center in Santa Barbara, Calif. Worst: White rice The more white rice you eat, the greater your risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a 2012 review. In a study of more than 350,000 people, those who ate the most white rice were at greatest risk for type 2 diabetes, and the risk increased 11 percent for each additional daily serving of rice. "Basically anything highly processed, fried, and made with white flour should be avoided," Andrews said. White rice and pasta can cause blood sugar spikes similar to that of sugar. Have this instead: Brown rice or wild rice. These whole grains don't cause the same blood sugar spikes thanks to fiber, which helps slow the rush of glucose into the bloodstream, Andrews said. What's more, a Harvard School of Public Health study found that two or more weekly servings of brown rice was linked to a lower diabetes risk. Worst: Blended coffees Blended coffees that are laced with syrup, sugar, whipped cream, and other toppings can have as many calories and fat grams as a milkshake, making them a poor choice for those with diabetes. A 16-ounce Continue reading >>
Top 10 Worst Foods For Diabetes
These foods can can cause blood sugar spikes or increase your risk of diabetes complications. White Bread Refined starches — white bread, white rice, white pasta, and anything made with white flour — act a lot like sugar once the body starts to digest them. Therefore, just like sugar, refined starches interfere with glucose control and should be avoided by those with diabetes. Whole grains are a better choice because they’re richer in fiber and generally cause a slower, steadier rise in blood sugar. Instead of white bread or a bagel for breakfast, opt for a toasted whole grain English Muffin (topped with a slice of reduced-fat cheese or scrambled egg for protein). At lunch and dinner, replace white carbs with healthier whole grain options such as brown or wild rice, barley, quinoa, and whole-wheat bread to minimize the impact on your blood sugar. Even high-quality, whole grain starches elevate blood glucose to some degree, so it’s still important to limit portions — stick with ½ to ¾ cup cooked grains or just 1 slice of bread at meals. Continue reading >>
What Are The Best Breads For People With Diabetes?
Is bread an option for people with diabetes? Food may be one of life’s simple pleasures, but for people with diabetes, deciding what to eat can get complicated. Foods that contain a lot of carbohydrates can spike blood sugar levels. Carbohydrates are found in many different kinds of food, including desserts, grains, and bread. Giving up carbs completely isn’t realistic, healthy, or even necessary. What matters is that you’re aware of your carb intake and make nutritious food choices. Breads can often be high in carbs. Some are overly processed, high in sugar, and filled with empty calories. Healthier options can be part of a satisfying meal plan for people with diabetes. If you’re trying to figure out which breads work best for diabetes management, this information may help. When a person has diabetes, their body doesn’t make or use enough insulin to process food efficiently. Without enough insulin, blood sugar levels can spike. People with diabetes may also have high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides. This means that it’s important to keep an eye on fat and sugar intake. People with type 1 diabetes require insulin injections daily and follow a specific type of eating plan. This eating plan is geared towards keeping blood sugar levels low. People with type 2 diabetes often follow an eating and exercise regimen geared towards reducing blood sugar. If diet and exercise aren’t enough to control blood sugar, insulin injections or oral medication may be a part of a daily regimen. Creating a food plan, making smart nutritional choices, and watching carbohydrate intake is recommended for people with both types of diabetes. Creating a meal plan can help people with diabetes control blood sugar and provide satisfying nutrition. There isn’t a one-size-fits-a Continue reading >>
Homemade Diabetic Bread Recipes
Diabetic Living / Diabetic Recipes / Popular Your diabetic diet doesn't have to be void of bread. Try these simple and healthy bread recipes that you can bake at home. Adding apricots is a simple solution to that nagging sweet tooth. This bread has only 141 calories per serving , even topped with a drizzling of apricot icing. This brilliant bread combines walnuts, zucchini, and a small helping of chocolate to create a simply sweet combination. Not to mention with each piece you'll be getting 105 mg of potassium and 20 percent of your daily calcium. Dish out this delicious bread to the whole family, and add some holiday pizzazz by baking in red and green maraschino cherries. At only 119 calories per serving , this bread is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. What better way to get some fruit into your diet than with our scrumptious oatmeal-raisin bread swirled with cinnamon. Each loaf yields 24 hearty pieces, and it's high in fiber and vitamin A. Every bite of this bread is packed with a subtle-but-sweet flavor that tastes too good to be true. If you love lemon -poppy seed bread, follow the variation recipe and substitute poppy seeds for nuts. This rich maple loaf could quickly become a family tradition. With the sweet flavors of maplesyrup and coffee baked right into the bread, nobody will notice that it's high in fiber and low in fat. Want to make your own yummy recipes? Use this basic dough as your foundation -- it has only 103 calories per serving . This tasty side dish is as simple as it is flavorful. It's a smart choice for any diabetic diet with only 4 grams of fat and 135 calories per serving . Switch up the menu with this savory side. Each muffin has only 18 grams of carb and a slice of roma tomato baked right in. Rolls aren't forbidden when you have diabetes. One batc Continue reading >>
What's The Best Bread For People With Diabetes?
By Brandon May Bread is perhaps one of the most widely used types of food on the planet. It can also be a food that poses a health risk for people with diabetes. Despite the risk, bread can be one of the hardest foods to give up. Fortunately, there are breads on the market that don't raise blood sugar to extreme levels. Whole-grain breads with high-fiber ingredients, like oats and bran, may be the best option for people with diabetes. Making bread at home with specific, diabetes-friendly ingredients may also help reduce the impact bread has on blood sugar levels. The role of nutrition in controlling diabetes Diabetes has two main types: type 1 and type 2. People with type 1 diabetes have difficulty producing insulin, which is a hormone that "captures" blood sugar (or glucose) and transfers it into cells. Glucose is the preferred energy source for cells. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. This type of diabetes is also the easier form to prevent and manage with lifestyle changes and medication. According to the World Health Organization, over 422 million people have type 2 diabetes worldwide. In the earlier phase of type 2 diabetes, the pancreas can produce insulin, but cells have become insensitive to its effects. This is sometimes due to poor diet, genetics, and lifestyle habits. Because of this, cells can't access blood sugar following a meal. Nutrition plays a crucial role in diabetes control. It's only through putting proper dietary planning into practice that good blood sugar management can be accomplished. A good diet must also be combined with lifestyle changes and medication. A carbohydrate is one of the three major nutrients essential to human health. However, carbohydrates also raise blood sugar and can reduce effective diabetes control. This Continue reading >>