Managing type 1 diabetes requires so much more than just hormonal treatment. Outside of the doctor’s office, the grocery store is where people living with type 1 diabetes can really make or break their treatment. Figuring out what to eat and what not to eat can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be.
To help make navigating the aisles and choosing the right foods a little easier, continue reading to learn the only 3 diet tips people living with type 1 diabetes need to know…
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What makes a carb low on the GI scale, and therefore a slow carb, largely comes down to its amount of fiber. Fiber slows down the absorption of nutrients by your body, which translates to a less dramatic rise in blood sugar. This is why people should prioritize carb sources that contain plenty of fiber over refined carb sources with little to no fiber.
An example of a slow carb is brown rice, which contains far more fiber than its refined alternative, white rice. Fortunately, for any of your favorite refined carbs, there is likely a slow carb alternative.
Slow carb sources include:
- brown rice
- whole-grain bread
- whole-grain pasta