Wholegrain Breakfast cereals and why they are not an ideal choice for Diabetics.

Many of us upon diagnosis may have been advised by a health care professional to avoid refined sugar in our daily diets and of course this is good advice and quite obvious to many, however, many including myself, were advised that Low GI cereals were a healthy choice for breakfast and Weetabix, Bran flakes and Shredded Wheat were suggested as a suitable choice.

Now consider that 2 Weetabix with 100mls of skimmed milk contains 30.5 grams of carbohydrate, Bran flakes contain 26 grams for a 30 gram bowl plus 125 mls of milk and Shredded Wheat contains 37 grams of carbohydrate for a portion size of 2 biscuits with 250 mls of milk so an average figure for all three brands equates to around 31.5 grams per serving if you were eating a combination of all 3 brands and alternating them.

SO what’s the problem in all this you may ask ? Well, when you consider that the total carbohydrate of these cereals per portion are around the same as a regular Snickers bar, or a Mars bar and all carbohydrates ultimately are converted into glucose in the body, then you have to ask yourself. Why are cereals so fiercely advocated as a healthy option, when from a blood glucose point of view they are no kinder on levels than a chocolate bar from the local shop ?


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