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Americans Need to Learn More About Whole Grains

Jun 1, 2006

Is it healthy for diabetics to eat more whole grains?

According to a survey conducted by the Whole Grains Council and a manufacturer of whole grain products, it was found that 68 percent of adults are unaware that they should consume at least three daily servings of whole grains. In addition, more than one-fifth of the public (22 percent) was unable to name any of the benefits of eating whole grains.

To boost your knowledge of the benefits of whole grains, visit the website: wholegrainscouncil.org.

Source: Whole Grains Council

—D. Trecroci


Is it healthy for diabetics to eat more whole grains?

Whole grains are best used as a replacement for refined grains. There is a lot of data about people who eat whole grains having a reduced risk of developing diabetes and heart disease. However, once people have diabetes with elevated blood glucose levels, their consumption of all carbohydrates, including healthful whole grains, needs to be controlled, especially without medications.

Cereals eaten with milk do not usually produce target blood glucose levels, especially in the morning. Diabetes Health and many certified diabetes educators (CDEs) recommend an individualized diet based on blood glucose, exercise, medications, stress and so on.

Diabetes Health will present a story about whole grain cereal in an upcoming issue.

—Gerri French, MS, RD, CDE
Food Editor, Diabetes Health


Categories: Blood Glucose, Diabetes, Diabetes, Diets, Food, Nutrition Advice



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