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Noodles and Diabetes

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The benefits of noodles for diabetes

Carbohydrates in noodles are complex carbs and starch which the body digests slowly than it does to simple carbs  (in milk products and granulated sugar). A single serving of noodles with non-starchy veggies and lean protein can give you energy without badly affecting your blood glucose target range.

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) suggests a carb intake of 45 to 60g every meal, depending on activity level, glucose parameters and age. (Consult your health provider).  A cup of cooked egg noodles contains 40g carbs, 2g fiber and 221 calories. If your daily calorie requirement is 2,000 daily, this is 11 percent of that.

Like any carb-containing food, eating a lot of noodles can also lead to glucose levels elevation. Taking large portions of noodles may require you more insulin (if you have diabetes) and lead you to gaining weight. When you are having regular exercise, taking prescribed oral diabetes medication or insulin and eating balanced diet, you can have noodles in your healthy diet.

Cooking noodles

The kind of noodles and the duration of their cooking time make a difference in their effect to blood sugar. The longer noodles are boiled, the more they may increase blood glucose. Boil noodles till they are slightly firm as this makes their GI value lower.

Shirataki noodles

Some debated that this is pure myth but studies of scientists have found that Shirataki noodles can help a diabetic patient because it rids excess insulin and plasma glucose. Scientists found soluble fiber in these noodles.

Shirataki noodles are not only good for diabetes patients, but are also found to lower cholesterol levels, avoid breast cancer and protect intestines from ulcer.

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