Myth: Diabetics Must Avoid Carbs
Actually, carbohydrates are essential for good health, and people who eat plenty of whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and beans - all carbohydrate-rich foods - control their diabetes better than people who eat fattier diets.
The key is to know the difference between foods that contain lots of "good" carbs and those rich in "bad" carbs. One way to do this is to use the glycemic index, a rating system that indicates how much a given food affects blood sugar. Foods with low (healthy) glycemic index values include beans, pasta, yams, sweet potatoes, green vegetables, barley, and fresh fruit.
White bread, white potatoes, and sugar have high glycemic index values and tend to cause blood sugar to rise.
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