Carb Blockers

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2011-11-27 08:22:05 -0600
Started 2011-11-22 11:32:42 -0600

I have read this before that fermented foods help convert carbs into things other than just glucose. Even better, it can actually make them healthy for you. I have tried some of these, and there is a big difference in taste from a pickeled item and a fermented one. I love pickles, but am not a fan of fermented cukes. They look like pickles, but watch out.

But there are other things I do enjoy. So find one you like and see how it works on your levels.

By Elizabeth Keyser

Tangy, tingling, sour — sometimes that indescribable "fifth taste" known as umami — foods that have been fermented have unique health benefits, especially for people with diabetes. Fermentation is one of the oldest methods of preserving food. It's what transforms milk into yogurt; cabbage into sauerkraut and the Korean dish kimchi; soybeans into miso; and alcohol into vinegar. But the best part is that research shows that these foods are good for your blood sugar. The acids in fermented foods — lactic and acetic acid — block carbohydrates from entering the blood and turning into blood sugar, reducing spikes. And these benefits can carry over to the next meal. But that's not all.

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LindseyLou993 2011-11-26 20:58:19 -0600 Report

I take an herbal supplement called Gymnema and it works WONDERS! It supposedly blocks the glucose receptors so that some of the sugar doesn't get absorbed. I may sound crazy, but it lowers it as much as a unit of insulin would! Try it!!! Avesta makes the kind I use.

Young1s 2011-11-27 08:22:05 -0600 Report

Thanks for the info ladies. I take it that you can only find this supplement in health food stores or is just online?

GabbyPA 2011-11-27 08:03:52 -0600 Report

What is the dose that you take?

What is Gymnema?

Gymnema Sylvestre is a plant that grows in the tropical forests of central and southern India and in parts of Africa. Herbalists in India have used the leaves of this long, slender plant as a treatment for diabetes for more than 2,000 years. The Hindu word "gumar," which means "sugar destroyer," describes the primary use of the herb in traditional Indian medicine. So strong is this herb that powered gymnema root has also been used to treat snake bites, constipation, stomach complaints, water retention, and liver disease. Doctors in India note that Gymnema Sylvestre is used in the treatment of diabetes mellitus and in food additives against obesity and caries. Gymnema is also reported to have anti-allergic, antiviral, lipid lowering, and other beneficial effects. Today, gymnema sylvestre is also known as gymnema, gurmar, gurmabooti, periploca of the woods, and meshasringi (ram's horn).

Gymnema sylvestre has only recently been introduced in Europe and the United States. However, extracts of this plant are widely used in Australian, Japananese, Vietnamese and Indian folk medicine.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-22 14:47:48 -0600 Report

That was very interesting. Not all about the frementing foods though! But a like about things to eat or not eat was helpful. I though rice cakes were a safe food! NOT! Well, live and learn!!

jayabee52 2011-11-22 15:06:26 -0600 Report

When first Dx'd I thought that about rice cakes too! I learned that it was carbs not calories which were important with lowering my BG. And I used to scarf down rice cakes like crazy before, thinking they were "healthier" for me than donuts and fruit pies.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-23 22:15:29 -0600 Report

Kind of bummed out because i would use them at work for tuna salad or egg salad instead of bread! Oh well, live and learn!!

Gracie40 2011-11-22 12:23:20 -0600 Report

The above website that Gabby mentioned contains a wealth of info. Not just about fermented foods. There is a list of what to eat and what not to. Did you know rice cakes are full of carbs and some of the flavored ones sneak some high fructose corn syrup to "ice the cake" (Not) One delicious sounding thing is Miso Soup with tofu. Good for you in moderation: mini dark chocolate chips. URL is Explore the site. Learn Learn Learn.

GabbyPA 2011-11-23 13:36:13 -0600 Report

Yes, I like that site for info. I get their newsletter and it has a lot of great tips. The do a lot of it in slideshows and I share them often here.

Caroltoo 2011-11-22 11:36:56 -0600 Report

Thanks, Gabby. I like kimchi, but don't eat it often enough to link it to a positive response to carbs. Shall have to have some more often.

GabbyPA 2011-11-22 11:46:03 -0600 Report

I have never had that. I do like kraut, but now I have to see how it is made to see if it is fermented or pickled. Who knew?? LOL

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