Nutritionist Lovneet Batra has shared why fiber is beneficial if you are managing diabetes
Soluble fibers like oatmeal can help prevent spikes in blood sugar
Diabetes is a health condition that affects the way the body converts food into energy. The body cannot make enough insulin or use insulin effectively. This can lead to a variety of other health problems that affect the heart, kidneys, and other major organs. In addition to medication, it is also important for those struggling with diabetes to control their diet. On the subject, nutritionist Lovneet Batra says: “If you have diabetes or prediabetes, fiber is your friend, as soluble fiber reduces blood glucose spikes and can help slow the absorption of sugar.”
In the Instagram post, Batra also shares a list of healthy foods that are high in soluble fiber. The nutritionist added that steel cut oats, barley, apple, chick peas and sabja seeds are all good sources of fiber that are good additions to your diet.
Explaining the benefits of steel cut oats, Batra says, “Oats contain both insoluble and soluble fiber, but soluble fiber is particularly beneficial. Since our bodies can’t break down soluble fiber, it takes up space in the stomach without being absorbed into the blood, leaving you feeling fuller without causing a spike in sugar levels.” She says that it acts as a helpful prebiotic for gut bacteria.
Barley, meanwhile, helps decrease inflammation and stabilize blood sugar levels. The nutritionist adds: “The 6 grams of fiber in barley is primarily soluble fiber which has been linked to lower cholesterol, lower blood sugar and increased satiety.”
Chickpeas are also high in dietary fiber, especially a soluble fiber called raffinose. Raffinose is associated with reduced blood sugar levels. Apples, meanwhile, are a good source of the soluble fiber pectin. Pectin allows for slow absorption of sugar and prevents spikes in blood sugar, says Lovneet Batra.
Among the seeds, sabja seeds are high in fiber that helps “slow down metabolism and control the conversion of carbohydrates to glucose,” and is especially effective for type 2 diabetes.
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