​With diabetes, knowing what you can eat and what to avoid doesn't have to be confusing. Ms Kala Adaikan, Senior Principal Dietitian, Department of Dietetics, Singapore General Hospital (SGH), a member of the SingHealth group, helps set the record straight.

 Myth 1: Avoid all starchy foods at all cost    
FACT:

  • Wholegrain rice
  • Wholegrain breads
  • Wholegrain noodles and pasta
  • Wholegrain cereals
Wholewheat foods 

 Myth 2: All ‘sugar-free’ products are calorie-free

Sugar-free   

 FACT:

Some sugar-free products, such as sugar-free biscuits and cakes, can still increase your blood glucose levels.

 Myth 3: People with diabetes should never consume sugar

Sugar

 FACT:

You may be still be able to include some sugar in your diet by learning how to count your carbohydrates. Speak to your dietitian to know how.

 Myth 4: Bitter-tasting food will help lower blood glucose levels

Bitter Gourd

 FACT:

 

 Myth 5: Switching to wholegrain rice means I can eat more rice

Brown Rice

 FACT:

The carbohydrate content of wholegrain rice is similar to regular rice. Wholegrain rice provides more fibre by comparison, making it a healthier option.

Does having diabetes means that there is no need to limit your protein intake? Click the link to find out if it is fact or myth.  

Ref: L20

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