Type 2 Diabetes and Healthy Eating – Should You Eat Pasta?

One question many people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes who are looking to control their blood sugar levels and lose weight, is whether or not they should include pasta in their eating plan on a regular basis. Is pasta a “safe” carb to consume? Your gut instinct may be to say no. So, is this a fact?

Here’s what to know…

1. The Calorie Content Of Pasta. The reason you often hear pasta should not be consumed when following a weight loss plan is it contains far more calories than you probably bargained for – that is if you eat a typically sized serving. As a rule, people sit down to a one to two cup serving which is too much for anyone to have, whether they are dealing with Type 2 diabetes or not. A one or two cup serving can add up to almost 100 grams of carbs, which is way more than anyone needs to consume in a single sitting.

If you can moderate how much you eat and only eat a half cup, pasta is not too bad. It will then just give you around 25 grams of carbs, which is a “safe” amount to eat on any healthy eating plan.

2. How Pasta is Cooked Matters. Also, keep in mind how you chose to cook pasta. You may be surprised to learn pasta has a low GI mainly if it is served al dente, or not overcooked. Moreover, slightly chilled pasta has a lower GI and is, therefore, a healthier option.

3. Eat It With A Meal. Finally, you will want to ensure you eat your pasta with some protein and fat. Adding protein and fats will help to further slow down the release of the carbohydrates into your bloodstream, ensuring you are not going to experience a high that is problematic for people with Type 2 diabetes and blood sugar issues. However, do watch you do not add too many fats. Having a high fat intake and a high carb intake at the same meal can increase your risk for weight gain.

It is when you eat a large plate of pasta without added protein and some fat you will find you run into trouble.

Keep these points in mind and know pasta is not necessarily a bad choice. You do need to be careful in the manner you eat it though, and if you are, it is an acceptable addition to your diet plan.

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