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Q: How many carbs are in one slice of bread?
Usually a slice of bread contains 15g of carbohydrates while our Albany Bread-A-Betix has approximately 12,5g. However, not all carbs are created equal and not all of them raise blood glucose levels in the same manner.
Q: What is Low GI?
The Glycemic Index (GI) is a scale that ranks carbohydrate-rich foods by how much they raise glucose levels. The GI is a ‘blood glucose indicator’. It gives us an indication of the rate the food affects blood glucose levels, after eating the food. Carbohydrate foods can be classified as High GI, Intermediate GI and Low GI.
- Carbohydrate foods with High GI are digested and absorbed faster than those carbohydrate foods with Intermediate and Low GI.
- Therefore, all High GI foods are digested and absorbed very quickly and thus give a steep rise in blood glucose levels.
- Low GI foods, on the other hand, are digested and absorbed slowly, but steadily, and thus causes small increases in blood glucose levels.
Q: What exactly should one look for in bread for diabetics?
In the past, bread used to be a no-no for diabetics. However, the entire Albany Bread-A-Betix range is Low GI and will keep blood sugar levels more constant.
As a rule of thumb, diabetic consumers can look out for the following info on bread labels:
- Carbohydrate per serving (Of which total sugar)
- High fibre content
- Green ‘Often Foods’ logo
- Diabetes South Africa logo
- Heart and Stroke Foundation logo
Q: How much of the bread can one have per day?
Just because a food is Low GI doesn’t mean that the amount is unlimited. The daily amount of bread that can be consumed should still be determined by your registered dietitian.
Q: I get sugar drops, I shake and feel dizzy. But yet I’ve been tested negative for diabetes. Can you explain?
Remember that deranged blood glucose levels not only occur in diabetics, sometimes individuals without diabetes can experience a spike in blood glucose and have hypoglycemia – with symptoms ranging from trembling and headaches to dizziness and confusion. These individuals will also benefit from following a Low GI eating plan.
Q: How can I keep my blood sugar levels consistent?
To keep your blood glucose (aka blood sugar levels) controlled throughout the day, it’s important to take into account that various factors might be an influence.
The golden rules for regulating blood glucose:
- Take medication as prescribed by your doctor
- Test blood glucose regularly to assess and identify trends
- Eat regular meals
- Space meals 4 – 6 hours apart
- Substitute the bad stuff with healthy snack options like:
- A piece of fruit and a small tub of fat-free yoghurt
- 2-3 pieces of dried fruit with a handful of nuts
- 2 cups of air-popped popcorn
- Crudités (vegetables such as cherry tomatoes, sugar snap peas, julienne cucumber and carrots, etc) with hummus
- Choosing a variety of foods from all food groups
- Opt for Low GI carbohydrates:
- Enjoy vegetables, fruits and low-fat milk products with your meals. These are carbohydrate-rich foods that, in general, have a low glycemic index
- Foods such as barley, bulgur, couscous, or lentils, which have a low Glycemic Index
- Eat food rich in fibre
- Limit refined carbohydrates and sugars:
- Such as confectionary, white flours, sweets and cakes
- Limit unhealthy fat, salt and alcohol
- Be physically active and partake in exercise
This information has been compiled by a registered dietitian.