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Cream of Wheat and Diabetes - Is It Good For Diabetics

Article author photo Elen Khachatrian by Elen Khachatrian | Last updated on May 01, 2022
Education: Nutrition & Microbiology at YSU

Introduction

Eating food with high carbs content and high GI value can be harmful to diabetic people as it can lead to a spike in blood sugar. We’ll discover can you consume cream of wheat in the case of diabetes.

Glycemic Index and Carbohydrates

Cream of Wheat is a type of farina, a cereal made from milled wheat.

Cream of wheat has the potential to raise blood sugar levels due to its carbs content and GI value.

Cream of wheat has a glycemic index equal to 66 and a glycemic load of 17, which is considered a moderate GI. The carb content of cream of wheat is 76.6g per 100g and 184g per serving (241g). You can try to add food rich in proteins and fat to help lower the GI rate before eating, as they can help normalize blood sugar levels.

Even though hot cereals tend to lower blood sugar, cold cereal increases blood sugar; however, try healthier alternatives, such as cut oatmeals and muesli [1].

To find glycemic index values of over 350 pages, visit our Glycemic index chart page.

Summary

Try to avoid cream of wheat if you manage your diabetes and blood glucose levels.

Or, add fiber, proteins, and fat to help lower the GI rate and normalize blood sugar levels. Eating whole wheat chapati is a better alternative.

References

  1. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28397016/
Article author photo Elen Khachatrian
Education: Nutrition & Microbiology at YSU
Last updated: May 01, 2022
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