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Fiber for Diabetes
Fiber is an all-important part of the food we eat. Fiber is part of complex carbohydrates and is not completely digested by the body. Fiber is divided into soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber is fiber that does not get completely digested, while insoluble fiber passes through the body as it is. There is even a third kind of fiber called fermentable fiber.
Soluble fiber keeps you full for a longer period of time. It slowly digests your food, regulating the glucose in the blood for diabetics. Insoluble fiber passes through undigested, but it keeps the colon and the digestive tract healthy, preventing conditions like colon cancer and diverticulitis. It is, therefore, extremely important to include fiber in your diet in order to regulate your digestive system and remedy conditions like constipation. Increasing your consumption of fiber can reduce the risk for many lifestyle diseases like hypertension, obesity and even diabetes. More on diet for diabetes
Dietary Fiber For Diabetics
It is beneficial for diabetics to learn to read food labels, as dietary fiber is categorized under carbohydrates. Foods high in fiber are also low on the glycemic index. A glycemic index will determine how high a specific food item will increase our blood sugar level. Foods that have a high glycemic index release glucose much faster and foods with a low index are digested slowly. It helps the diabetics to control the sugar that is released into the system. Counting your carbohydrates and in turn monitoring your fiber intake can make a big difference to how you manage your sugar levels. The fiber in carbohydrates is actually ‘useful carbohydrates’.
Healthy adults should eat about 20-35 grams of dietary fiber every day. Here are some important tips on how to include fiber in your everyday diet:
|Submitted on January 16, 2014|