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Stabilise your blood sugar

December 1, 2011

– Manage your diabetes with low GI foods

People suffering from diabetes have to make a lifelong commitment to their health and carefully and consistently monitor and manage their dietary intake. While there are drugs to help manage differing levels of diabetes, the general consensus amongst health practitioners remains that diet is the key component to stabilising blood sugar.

As November is diabetes month it is important to take the effects of foods on one’s blood sugar into careful consideration.

“There is by no means a cure-all fix for diabetes but there is strong evidence in support of following a low GI, (Glycaemic Index), diet, particularly for those people who suffer from Type 2 diabetes,” says Justine Lever, brand manager at Pouyoukas Foods. “It is their ability to slowly release glucose that makes them so attractive as they counteract and prevent blood sugar spikes.”

“Diabetes does not have to be a life sentence and by introducing your system to a low GI diet that places emphasis on whole foods, you will be able to steady your blood sugar levels as well as ensure long-term overall improvements to your general health and wellbeing. These foods additionally lower cholesterol, improve eye health, increase energy levels and even offer weight-loss benefits,” she adds.

But according to Lever the perception of low GI foods has for a long time been hinged around uninteresting, uninviting and sometimes tasteless foods. However due to a global move on the part of the consumer towards healthier eating habits this now includes the incorporation of beans, peas and seeds. Used as a basis of a dish or as a welcome addition to add flavour, colour and punch.

“One can add nutritional value, fibre and flavour, as well as lower the GI of your soups, stews and casseroles by simply adding beans or soup mix of barley, lentils or green peas. Alternatively you can substitute rice with Quinoa in rice based dishes and add sesame or poppy seeds to salads and stir-fries,” states Lever.

The most important meal to any diabetic however remains breakfast. It is the key meal to keeping and ensuring that sugar levels remain on an even keel. It is against this backdrop that a diabetic needs to carefully consider what they are having for breakfast so it is often suggested that you opt for Whole Rolled Oats as your first meal of the day.

Packed with the beta-glucan fibre, oats are proven to act as an excellent sugar-stabilise and their intake at breakfast will not only start your blood sugar levels on the right foot, but also help manage to keep them there for the rest of the day.

“The one thing a diabetic must also do throughout the day is snack. Low GI snacks will also help keep sugar spikes at bay and prevent an all out sugar crash,” adds Lever. “Low GI snacks like sunflower kernels, either plain or roasted, also help eliminate cravings for sugary refined foods as they keep the hunger pains at bay.”

“It is important to remember that there is no silver bullet to managing diabetes, and every person who has it has a different experience of it as well as a different method, that works for them, on managing it. Finding a low GI diet that works for you is also a balancing act which will only be perfected by trial and error,” she ends.

If you are looking for low GI food alternatives then why not consider Pouyoukas Foods? The products are available in supermarkets countrywide for more information on the company’s low GI products and recipes, visit the website:

Press Release submitted by Charlene Carroll
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