If you are diabetic, recent studies show that increasing dietary fiber can improve your reaction to other carbohydrates. Although fiber is listed as a carbohydrate on U.S. food labels, fiber, unlike other carbohydrates it is not broken down during digestion, and does not contribute calories or effective carbohydrates to your diet. Fiber – especially soluble fiber – is very important for all diets, but is particularly useful for diabetics.
Benefits of Fiber
Fiber helps to get things moving through your gastrointestinal system. Soluble fiber also helps stabilize blood glucose levels and improve blood cholesterol in the following way: It slows digestion and nutrient absorption, resulting in a slow and steady release of glucose from accompanying carbohydrates in the body. It soaks up excess bile acids found in the intestinal tract – the same acids that are converted into blood cholesterol.
Fiber also increases a feeling of fullness after eating – very helpful if you are trying to lose weight – and excess weight is believed to play a role in the risk and management of type 2 diabetes. People who eat more fiber are also less at risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the first place.
The bad news is that few people actually get enough fiber in their diet. Here’s where Expert Foods can help.
Our products are low in effective carbohydrates and high in soluble fiber. This means you can make delicious (sugar-free) snacks, desserts and meals, while doing something that is very beneficial for you health and dietary requirements.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Strawberry smoothie – 6g fiber per serving
- Frozen Fudge Bars – 6g fiber per 2 bar serving
- Candied Pecans – 4g fiber per serving
Please see our detailed information on Diabetic diets and fiber
Also see this information on diabetes nutrition and fiber.