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Q:

Does Wheat raise blood sugar levels?

Amy Campbell

A:

Wheat is a grain, and all grains, including oats, rice, corn, rye and barley, contain carbohydrate. Carbohydrate does raise blood glucose, because it’s the major source of energy for the body. So any food that contains wheat, like bread, pasta, crackers or cereal will contain carbohydrate and, therefore, will raise blood glucose. This doesn’t mean that you need to avoid wheat (or any grain, for that matter). Whole-grain foods, such as whole-wheat bread, whole-grain pasta or oatmeal, for example, are very healthy and provide important nutrients for the body. The key is knowing how much of these foods to eat to help you manage your diabetes. If you’re not sure what or how much to eat, consider meeting with a dietitian who can provide you with more guidance.

September 19, 2012 at 6:45 pm