Oats for diabetes
Benefits of oats for diabetes
PROPERTIES OF OAT BRAN
Why is oat good if I have diabetes?
For its nutritional value, oatmeal is rich in complex carbohydrates which are gradually absorbed, that is to say, no peaks or surges of uncontrolled sugar in blood occur.
Scientific studies show that organic oats contain more protein and omega 3 than non-organic oats.
Oat components that help control diabetes:
- Beta-glucan: So it is called the soluble fiber found in oats, both flakes and bran. Many cereals are rich in insoluble fiber (type of wheat bran), but oatmeal is the only one with beta-glucan type of soluble fiber.
Scientific studies have shown that regular consumption of oat fiber (oat bran) helps successfully to control sugar levels in the blood of people with diabetes. In some cases it can decrease the amount of insulin in patients with type 2 diabetes.
Oats, consumed regularly, helps prevent adult-onset of diabetes, since it helps regulate the metabolism of carbohydrates. It is recommended, especially if there is a family history of obesity or diabetes, to accustom the family, from children, to take oats regularly.
- Folic acid and iron: They are mutrients that strengthen the body, improve performance, and prevent cardiovascular disease (folic acid reduces homocysteine levels, related to increased risk of heart attack).
For type 1 diabetes, oats have a high glycemic index in appropriate portions, it is a carbohydrate intake of excellent quality.
How oats is taken for diabetes: Does it contain carbohydrates?
There are several presentations that oats can be found in the supermarket or shop, and each may have different composition:
- Oatmeal: It is consumed previously soaked or wet foods (milk, yogurt, etc.). It requires chewing, so it provides satiety. Suitable for breakfast in diabetes and obesity. Being a dry food, it contains more carbohydrates than cooked cereal. Its contribution of carbohydrates is similar to breakfast cereals withouth corn sugar (though its nutritional value is different).
- Oat bran: This is crushed oatmeal with part of the outer husk of the grain (fiber-rich).
It should not be confused with wheat bran: Compared with wheat bran, oat bran contains more carbohydrates.
- Cookies, breads, etc. Oats:They are not generally recommended for people with diabetes because these products contain many carbohydrates and added sugar, flour, and even other foods rich in carbohydrates such as raisins, chocolate, syrups, honey, etc.
Oat nutritional information for people with diabetes
Oatmeal provides carbohydrates, nutrients that should be monitored in people with diabetes because they influence in the control of blood sugar and insulin dose.
Oat ration for diabetics based on its content in carbohydrates
- Ration of oats for diabetics: 15 g. oatmeal (one tablespoon approx.) equals 1 serving of carbohydrate (9 g. of carbohydrates)
- Ration oat bran for diabetics: 15 g. oat bran (a tablespoon approx.) equals half a serving of carbohydrates (6.5 g. carbohydrate)
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This material is for informational purposes only. In case of doubt, consult the doctor.