​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    

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

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



Some sugar-free products, such as sugar-free biscuits and cakes also contain carbohydrate in the form of starch and can still increase your blood glucose levels.

 Myth 3: People with diabetes should never consume sugar



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



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

Brown Rice


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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