Best Oatmeal to Eat If You Have Diabetes

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Around 34.2 million U.S. adults have diabetes. It's considered the seventh leading cause of death in America, and while everyone should be mindful of what they're eating, those with diabetes

have to be even more careful to effectively manage the disease. Being mindful of the food they eat means that diabetics can't just buy any type of food, but they have to consider

what will be the best for their blood sugar. When it comes to oatmeal,the overwhelmingly best type for diabetics to eat is steel-cut oatmeal.Steel-cut oatmeal,also known as Irish oats or coarse oats,

differs from rolled oatmeal in that the oats are cut using smaller steel blades,resulting in oats that take longer to cook & have a chewier consistency than rolled oats you'd find in instant oatmeal

"[Oats] are complex carbohydrates meaning they are full of fiber," says Leah Johnston, RD at SRW. "It's the beta-glucan fiber in oats that has a significant effect on reducing blood sugar

and insulin response. Carbs with fiber take longer to digest and metabolize and, in turn, blood glucose doesn't rise as quickly."Not only is steel-cut oatmeal the best option for anyone

who has diabetes and is trying to keep their blood sugar low, but they're also one of the healthiest options for oatmeal overall, according to Johnston."While oats in any form are truly good

for your health, steel-cut oats are the least processed of all the types of oats and therefore offer slightly more nutritional value and a lower glycemic index of about 53," says Johnston.

Johnston says that rolled oats would also be a good option, although they are slightly processed, as rolled oats have been both steamed and flattened, and are just slightly higher than

steel-cut oats on the glycemic index, coming in at around 57.If the flavor of oatmeal isn't enough, there are a host of toppings that can be added to help enhance the taste, while keeping

 a healthy choice.Johnston says that there are plenty of diabetic-friendly options to help spruce up a morning bowl of oatmeal, including fresh fruit rather than dried fruit, as dried

fruit has a higher sugar content and more calories than the same serving of fresh fruit. She also recommends toppings like almonds, walnuts, chia seeds, and flax seeds."[They] will add healthy fats

to keep you fuller for longer and help manage blood sugar," Johnston says.Additionally, Johnston says that they will also add omega-3 fatty acids to the dish.

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