What Types of Bread Are Acceptable for Diabetics?


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Diabetics should eat whole grain breads that are rich in vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and fiber, as recommended by the American Diabetes Association. White-flour-based breads and other products, especially with added sugar, are to be avoided.

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Many foods only contain a small amount of whole grain, so it is important to read the ingredient list carefully. Whole grains such as whole wheat flour, whole oats or oatmeal, and whole rye must be the first ingredient. Most products claiming to be "made with" or "containing" whole grain do not have whole grain as the first ingredient, warns the American Diabetes Association.

A whole grain is the entire grain. This includes the bran, germ and endosperm, which is the starchy part. White bread, made from bleached refined flour, loses most of its fiber and other nutrients during processing.

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