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Monday, 8 December 2014

The Benefits of Dietary Fibre (on Diabetics)

By now you have realised the very and in fact critical importance of fibre or a high content of it in your diet. So many people have grown up with the misconception, or should I say myth of starchy or high carbohydrate foods regarding the lifestyle of the diabetic. Even for decades it has been erroneously advocated by the American Diabetes Association that high carbohydrate foods should be eliminated from the diet of the diabetes patient.

But like I have always stated in my articles regarding diabetes, and I will continue to emphasise that the problem has never been the issue of carbohydrates or even sweet foods per se. Rather, the problem is the issue of processed or refined carbohydrates and sugars! And so starchy or carbohydrate foods are indeed very essential to the body and indeed the diabetes patient. This is so because basic carbohydrate foods do contain the necessary fibre which is a vital ingredient in the prevention and also the treatment of diabetes. But when these carbohydrate foods go through the process of ‘refinement’, they are stripped bare of the all important food nutrients we refer to as fibre.

Whole grains

Fibre generally or roughage in any food variety will always go to aid your digestive tract to function maximally; it helps your digestion thereby preventing the deadly consequences of constipation, haemorrhoids, and elevated cholesterol, as well as sugar in the blood. Meanwhile we need to be careful not to take fibre in excess as it can also be harmful when you do that; but rather be sure to drink plenty of water as you increase your high fibre food consumption.
A high fibre diet is all important in this regard in that the more fibre the food contains, the more slowly the food is digested, and the more slowly the blood sugar will rise.

Dr. James W. Anderson of the University of Kentucky discovered in his research that the insulin dose required by the diabetic patient will be reduced by about 25%, and even in the long run there would be no need any longer for it to be given to the patient, neither would there be need for any diabetes medication of any form owing just to the regular consumption of high fibre diets.