Lesson on fiber. It is important to diabetics.

By RosalieM Latest Reply 2015-01-27 14:08:01 -0600
Started 2015-01-25 12:22:44 -0600

Fiber is a component in some foods that the body cannot digest. Fiber is important to diabetics for this very reason. if It won't digest, it won't raise blood sugar either. The carb effect of foods can be lowered by adding fiber. The fiber replaces some of the carbohydrate thus raises the blood sugar less, makes us more satisfied and sets us free. Meat contains no fiber. Fruits, vegetables and grains do. Many of us don't eat grains as they raise blood sugar to much. However we can use fiber from the grain as it cannot raise blood sugar. If you just don't want to give up all carbs from grain, the effect on blood sugar can be lowered by adding more fiber. I make a cookie that raises blood sugar almost not at all. A little more than my cheesecake, but not much.
These are the fibers in the cookies. Oat bran, Flax seed, inulin and, Hi maize 260, all fibers. The only flour in the cookies is oat flour and that is overwhelmed by the flax seed and oat bran and cancelled by the inulin and Hi maize 260. Wheat or rye bran can be used in some foods too Hi maize 260 can be added to meat balls and meat patties. Yogurt and smoothies can take all the above mention fibers as well. If you need to be set free and lower your blood sugar, this is a way to do it.

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Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-01-26 13:44:55 -0600 Report

I throw some ground up flax seed and chia in my shakes when I remember to..I mostly do it to add the good fats these seeds have into my diet…I really do NOT have much concern as far as fiber is concerned…it is just not one of the things I worry about..and that is fine with my Endo…he questions the need for a high fiber diet…but then again that is one of the reasons I like him so much…he is NOT like any other doctor I have ever met in my life…he says as long as my keep my glucose levels in our goal range…which right now is under 130…and my heart, liver, kidneys and cognitive function stay on the money..and I keep my blood pressure and cholesterol in target..which they are..he is not going to worry about "problems that don't exist"…God I wish I could run away with him..(don't tell my hubby)…wink wink..

RebDee 2015-01-25 21:29:43 -0600 Report

Rosalie: Thank you so much for all this information on fiber. I have found it most helpful.

It is amazing to me how much I learn on DC, more even after going to nutrition classes and even asking questions of the doctor. Thanks to all who contribute to my education on Diabetes and how to make things better for myself.

NewSong53 2015-01-25 15:55:51 -0600 Report

Rosalie, does flax seed need to be ground to help lower blood sugar? Also, does adding all this fiber cause digestive upsets? I love all this information you're sharing! Thanks.

haoleboy 2015-01-25 16:38:46 -0600 Report

I always grind flax seeds as you get the maximum nutrition benefit that way.
To avoid gastric issues it is important that you start slowly incorporating flax into your diet gradually increasing the amount and to drink lots of water.


Papanna 2015-01-27 08:47:05 -0600 Report

Are u consuming flaxseed grinded in mixy ? How u consume I am consuming flaxseed powder ( Grinded in mixy ) +2 sppoon of cooked
rice + 2 spoon Ghee for with first bite of lunch Daily i consume only two tea spoon

RosalieM 2015-01-27 14:08:01 -0600 Report

Rice is very high in starch. It is one of the starchiest grains. Starch mean high carbohydrate. I eliminated all rice from my diet. Whole barley is much better if you need a substitute.

jayabee52 2015-01-25 16:28:09 -0600 Report

Howdy NewSong
I know for a fact that one has to ease into a higher fiber meal plan as our bodies may not be used to all the fiber we should consume for optimal health. Often it may cause diarrhea. Once our bodies (our intestines in particular) are accustomed to consuming the larger amounts of fiber then it is OK.

Re the flax seed it is suggested it be ground. That is to prevent the seed from passing through your GI tract undigested. See Mayo clinic on this issue ~ http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nutr...

God's best to you

RosalieM 2015-01-25 16:19:34 -0600 Report

Yes flax seed needs to be ground otherwise it is just a laxative. Flax seed has the important Omega 3 fat, but
unless it is ground it does nothing for you. Once it is ground keep it in the freezer to prevent it from going rancid.
Flax seed won't lower you blood sugar by itself. It is when it replaces something that raises blood sugar that it helps It is a good source of healthy fat too.

tabby9146 2015-01-25 13:05:24 -0600 Report

Thanks for the info! most of this I knew, but I found it very interesting about the Hi Maize…where do I get this? a health food store? I spend too much money when I go to those. I like to get my Bob's Red Mill flax seed from there, among other things. never had rye bran, sounds good. I always did like that kind of thing though, whole grains and 100% wheat.