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Oatmeal & Diabetes: Do’s & don’ts to ensure correct consumption
Tuesday, 16 November, 2021, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, Mumbai
Diabetes is a health condition wherein there is a spike in the body’s blood glucose or blood sugar levels. In this condition, the body is unable to process the food properly which also affects energy levels.

Studies have shown that blood sugar and carbohydrates are directly related. While digesting carbs, the body breaks them down into sugar which gets absorbed in the blood. Thus, eating more carbs can also lead to an increase in blood sugar levels. So, it is best to eat healthy food and effectively manage diabetes so as to prevent serious health threats.

Oatmeal is considered to be one of the best breakfast options for diabetic patients. Made from 100% wholegrain oats, they are less processed, making them very fibrous and nutritious.

True Elements is a healthy breakfast and snacks brand. It is India’s first and only brand to be globally recognised as both ‘Clean Label’ and ‘100% wholegrain’ certified. It is anchored on the promise of providing ‘Food that DOES NOT lie to you’ and creating a world where 100% Taste is delivered with 0% jargons, 0% chemicals, 0% preservatives and 0% added sugar.

Here are a few tips by Puru Gupta, co-founder and CEO, for diabetic patients to keep in mind while consuming oatmeal.

Oatmeal is very versatile and easy to make. You can add your flavourings to make it delicious while still keeping it healthy and diabetic-friendly. The basic recipe involves adding a liquid like milk, water or even juice along with a preferred choice of toppings like nuts, seeds and fruits. You can also make it overnight and eat it as a cold breakfast in the morning or heat it just before eating.

Since Oatmeal is low in carbs and glycemic index, it helps regulate blood sugar levels in the body much better than other regular breakfast options. Fibre in the oatmeal gives the body long-lasting energy and boosts metabolism, keeping you full for longer. Diabetic Patients are commonly known to be prone to heart related ailments and oatmeal is heart-healthy due to its soluble fibre content and the fact it can lower cholesterol.

Do’s:
  1. It is preferable to eat oatmeal with low-fat milk, nut milk or water
  2. Pair it with yoghurt or greek yoghurt for an added boost of calcium and protein
  3. Top it with mixed seeds, nuts or berries to add more nutrients to your breakfast
  4. Making it the previous night will help you save time in the morning and help you avoid skipping breakfast
Dont’s
  1. There are no specific don'ts for oatmeal since it is a perfectly healthy breakfast food but quantity is key
  2. Don’t add too many nuts as it will add extra carbs to your meal
  3. Avoid adding sweeteners or fruits as the sugar content can directly affect the blood sugar levels
  4. Using good quality and less processed oatmeal is also very important
  5. Do not add cream to oatmeal as it will make your oatmeal high in fat.
Awareness is key in a condition like diabetes, as it becomes extremely crucial to keep sugar levels in check and keep at bay severely damaging health threats. And to avoid the same, it becomes essential to be mindful of what one is consuming.

In a world where there are infinite packaged food options available to choose from, it becomes even more critical to identify and consume the kind that is truly good for you. Read ingredient tables carefully and choose only those brands who deliver on the promises & claims they make with 100% authenticity. Read, research, and stay informed.  Eat wisely and stay healthy.
 
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