Grains and starches are sometimes the subject of controversy when it comes to the eating plan of a person with diabetes. Having diabetes doesn’t mean your aging relative must give up any one kind of food. Instead, it means that they need to learn to balance the foods they eat to best control their blood sugar while also providing enough nutrition. That includes grains and starches. However, because both grains and starches can raise blood sugar levels, it’s important that family caregivers understand their impact.
The debate about diabetics eating grains is centered around two things: weight and blood sugar. Specifically, there is controversy over whether they help or hinder weight loss and blood sugar control. Regardless, the American Diabetes Association recommends that diabetics who eat grains should make the most nutritious choices possible, which means eating whole grains.
Whole grains are, as the name suggests, the entire grain—bran, germ, and endosperm. Whole grain flours are made by grinding the entire grain. Refined flours, like white flour, are made by using only the starchy part of the grain. As a result, refined flours do not contain as many nutrients as whole grain flours do.
Determining whether a food is whole grain or not is a little complicated. Some products use a small amount of whole grains, which allows them to put “whole grain” on the packaging. To determine if a food is truly whole grain, read the ingredients. Look for foods that list a source of whole grain first. Some examples of whole grain sources are:
- Whole wheat flour.
- Brown rice.
- Whole oats or oatmeal.
Starch is a kind of carbohydrate that provides energy. It is, in fact, the most commonly eaten kind of carbohydrate. One source of starch is in starchy vegetables. While starchy vegetables are an important part of your aging relative’s diet, they can also raise blood sugar. In choosing starchy vegetables, look for ones that don’t contain any added fat, salt, or sugar. Some good choices include:
- Acorn squash.
- Butternut squash.
Home care can assist your aging relative to ensure that whole grains and starchy vegetables are used in balance with other foods they eat. A home care provider can help with planning meals the senior will enjoy, but that are also healthy. They can also take the older adult grocery shopping to purchase the ingredients needed. Home care providers can even cook meals and keep the senior company while they eat.
If you or an aging loved-one is considering Home Care in Sunny Isles, FL please contact the caring staff at Elite Care at Home today at (305) 231-0555.