My husband is on the border of being pre-diabetic. What kind of food should we be eating? We were told to avoid refined starch ¬— but we do enjoy pasta and breads. Which are the best ones?

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My husband is on the border of being pre-diabetic. What kind of food should we be eating? We were told to avoid refined starch ¬— but we do enjoy pasta and breads. Which are the best ones?

Your husband should be eating a balanced diet. This includes:

  • Lean protein (fish, poultry, extra lean meat)
  • Healthy fats (olive oil, canola oil, nuts, nut butters)
  • Healthy carbohydrates (fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, beans)

Refined starches (such as white bread, white rice, crackers, etc.) act like sugars in the body: they raise blood glucose rapidly. Instead, take in whole grains (100% whole grain bread, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, quinoa, barley, etc.) in place of refined starches.

You should also limit the overall amount of carbs you take in to help prevent diabetes.

Last updated September 13, 2012


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