Chopstix

Q:

Isn't bread supposed to be bad for diabetics? Why was it served as part of every meal while I was in the hospital? I had a bypass procedure done on Monday and they kept telling me my "sugars are too high" even though it was wheat bread. We don't eat much bread in my house. Checked BS at 11 p.m. and was 83 and 126 at 9 a.m. Have gone back to my herbs like I was before hospital stay and will keep monitoring....

Amy Campbell

A:

Bread isn’t necessarily “bad” for people with diabetes. However, like other carbohydrate foods, including rice, pasta, cereal, fruit and milk, bread needs to be “counted” as part of your meal’s carbohydrate allotment. An average slice of bread contains about 15 grams of carb; that’s the same amount of carb found in 1/3 cup of cooked rice, 1 small apple or 8 ounces of milk. Many people with diabetes have a carb goal for each of their meals, generally about 45 to 60 grams of carb. As long as you stay within your carb goal, you can eat bread. If you eat too much of any kind of carb food, your blood glucose level will increase. The fact that the bread you were served was wheat bread doesn’t really make a difference in terms of its effect on blood glucose, however. Whole grain breads are a better choice, nutrition-wise, than white bread, but the carb content is the same. Keep in mind, too, that being in the hospital and having procedures or surgery is a source of stress for the body which, in turn, can raise blood glucose.

April 28, 2013 at 4:45 pm

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Chopstix
Chopstix 2013-08-07 22:35:32 -0500 Report

I think it is the type of bread. Stay away from plain white bread and eat whole grain types. The white bread is like putting glue into your guts and you will get sugar spikes. The body processes the whole grain slower…