Why Do You Need Carbohydrates at All? – In view of all the diets that have made carbohydrates seem like the bad guys, when you received your diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, perhaps you wondered why you needed carbohydrates at all! In fact, carbohydrates are essential for proper nutrition.
Although there is no such thing as a diabetic diet, many “so called” diabetic diets instruct you to increase your daily intake of carbohydrates usually in the form of cereals, grains, pasta and rice.
Although carbohydrates should give you 50 to 55% of your daily energy requirements, our bodies do not need, and were never meant to cope with large quantities of refined carbohydrates such as the huge loads of refined sugars and starches found in so many pre-packaged foods… which now form the basis of our modern Western diet. Do you know if you cut out the foods which your body cannot tolerate, it is possible for your insulin production to return to a more normal level. One of the advantages is your need for insulin would be reduced.
There are two forms of carbohydrates:
unrefined or natural carbohydrates… vegetables, salads and fruits
refined or processed carbohydrates… white bread, pasta, rice, pre-packaged foods, cakes and confectionery
The following foods contain no refined carbohydrates:
fruit and vegetables
pulses… peas, beans and lentils
various herbs and spices
animal products… beef, lamb and poultry
Examples of foods based on refined carbohydrates:
rice and pasta
most pre-packaged foods
cakes, sweets and biscuits
pies and pastries
beer, sweet white wine, sherry and port
The best plan is to eat foods from the wholegrain group: wholegrain pasta, brown rice, bran cereal, oatmeal, pumpernickel or rye bread, couscous, bulgar wheat, millet and barley. Wholegrain foods decrease your risk for type 2 diabetes and are a good source of many minerals, including chromium which may be very helpful with insulin-resistance… improve your insulin sensitivity and your blood sugar levels will be lower. Wholegrain foods are also an important source of fiber, which is essential in controlling your appetite.
Carbohydrates are needed by your body for energy… you just need to be careful to not eat too many of them at the one time. By choosing high fiber or more complex carbohydrates you will find you have less spiking of your blood sugar levels and this also means lower levels of insulin floating around in your body. Fiber does not contribute to raising your blood sugar levels.
It may seem ironic that carbohydrates, which are blamed for causing type 2 diabetes, are actually needed for your body to fully maximize insulin sensitivity… you just need to eat the right type of carbohydrates.