I am reading a lot of conflicting information about grains – are they something I should be eating more or less of if I have diabetes?
Dr Marsh says:
Despite some of the claims around, grains per se are not bad, or something you need to avoid if you have diabetes. But not all grain foods are created equal when it comes to health, and the key is choosing the right ones. Highly processed or refined grains, including white bread, white rice, many puffed and flaked breakfast cereals and crackers, and most processed snack foods, are typically low in fibre, nutrient-poor and have a higher glycaemic index. Avoid or minimise these grains. Instead, opt for minimally processed wholegrains that are higher in fibre, have a lower GI and offer nutritional and health benefits. This includes foods like traditional rolled oats, breads with lots of intact grains, and wholegrains like barley, freekeh, quinoa and burghul (cracked wheat).