Nikki's Nutrition

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Choosing Whole Grains

Choose whole grains and whole-grain products over highly processed carbohydrates. White bread, white rice, mashed potatoes, donuts, bagels, and many breakfast cereals have what's called a high glycemic index. That means they cause sustained spikes in blood sugar and insulin levels. Carbohydrates that aren't as easily digested cause lower, slower increases in blood sugar and insulin. As a result, they stress the body's insulin-making machinery less, and so help prevent type 2 diabetes. Such foods have a low glycemic index. Examples include whole wheat, brown rice, other whole grains, most beans and nuts, and whole grain breakfast cereals.

I have substituted whole grain pasta for regular pasta and haven't even noticed a difference. :) I'm also buying whole grain bread now instead of whole wheat. Supposedly, whole grain is better for you. Also, use brown rice instead of white rice.


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