Whole Grains And Blood Sugar

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First, I would like to say, welcome to my blog. This is my first venture into the world of Blogging and I decided to concentrate on an area in my life that is near and dear to me, “FOOD!” Not just the run of the mill everyday food but the food that I have always gravitated towards. The food that will keep me healthy. Currently, at the time that I am writing this post, I am a 57 year old woman, a nurse and a diabetes educator. I am basically healthy and not on any medications. I do have arthritis but I do not have any problems with weight, blood pressure or diabetes. As any “older” person can tell you, as you gain in years, you also can accumulate more and more health issues. Have you ever been to a social event and ended up sitting at a table where the older people there were swapping stories of their latest aches, pains and illnesses? I am bound and determined to keep my body in a good a shape as possible and not fall into the trap of talking about my latest trip to the doctor to people I rarely know. Health is the greatest gift that a person can bestow on themselves and I believe that everyone is in the driver’s seat when it comes to maintaining their own health.

I did a personal experiment a little over a year ago to see what the effect of eating “healthy whole grains” had on my blood sugar. I have always been nutrition conscious and have always attempted to eat healthy foods in the portions that were recommended by the Canada’s Food Guide. I was curious, what the effect of my blood sugar would be if I would consume the recommended healthy whole grains.

I had access to a blood glucose meter and I tested my blood sugar reading prior to eating breakfast and it was a comfortable 4.2 mmol/l. I then ate the recommended serving of whole oats oatmeal with a sprinkle of unsweetened fruit on top. I did not add sugar to the oatmeal and I did not eat any other food that had carbohydrates in it. I tested my blood sugar reading again in 1 hour after eating the “healthy whole grain” oatmeal and I was astounded to see that my blood sugar reading rose to 7.8 – a full 3.6 difference!

1 Oatmeal with fruit

What did this tell me? This told me that even the recommended Canada’s Food Guide serving of grains – in this case oats, will significantly spike my blood sugar shortly after breakfast. I know that a continued pattern of spiking blood sugars over a long period of time will have a detrimental effect on my health overall and may eventually lead to type 2 diabetes and all the other health risk factors that are associated with diabetes. That revelation was the catalyst that started me looking at other dietary options. I will talk about the other options later on in other blog posts. I personally feel that there are good points in all “low carbohydrate” diet plans. By the way, I hate the word “diet”. To me, the word “diet” has such a negative connotation of continuous deprivation. I prefer to call my food consumption style “low carbohydrate eating choices”. I am signing off for the day but will return with another blog post tomorrow.

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