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Hominy and Diabetes - Is It Good For Diabetics

Article author photo Elen Khachatrian by Elen Khachatrian | Last updated on August 09, 2023
Medically reviewed by Victoria Mazmanyan Article author photo Victoria Mazmanyan


Hominy is made from dried maize kernels that have undergone a unique chemical process called nixtamalization to make the grain more usable in cooking and eating. We'll talk about how hominy consumption can affect blood sugar levels.

Glycemic Index and Carbohydrates

Hominy has been calculated to have a glycemic index of 40 (1). Glycemic index values below 55 fall in the low category.

The carbs content of hominy is also not high; however, canned white hominy contains 14.26g per 100g and 23.5g per serving (165g or one cup), of which 4g is fiber and 19.5g is net carbs. Dietary fiber might benefit diabetic patients because it can slow digestion, giving sugars more time to break down, improving glycemic control (2).

Hominy has a medium carbohydrate content and a low glycemic index, essential for controlling blood glucose levels. Thus, hominy consumption does not raise blood glucose levels rapidly when consumed in moderation.

If interested, you can visit our Glycemic index chart page to find GI values of 350+ pages.


Hominy is a relatively healthy option for diabetics, having a low glycemic index value and moderate carbohydrate content; however, it is recommended to avoid cooking hominy with butter, bacon, or other fatty and sugary foods.


Article author photo Elen Khachatrian
Education: Nutrition & Microbiology at YSU
Last updated: August 09, 2023
Medically reviewed by Victoria Mazmanyan
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