Lesson on fiber. It is important to diabetics.

By RosalieM Latest Reply 2015-01-26 13:44:55 -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.

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.