Diabetes diet – what's myth and what's fact? Ms Kala Adaikan, Senior Principal Dietitian, Department of Dietetics from Singapore General Hospital, answers.
Department of Dietetics,
Singapore General Hospital (SGH), a member of the
SingHealth group, helps set the record straight.
With diabetes, knowing what you can eat and what to avoid doesn't have to be confusing. Ms Kala Adaikan, Senior Principal Dietitian,
Myth 1: Avoid all starchy foods at all cost
Wholegrain noodles and pasta
Myth 2: All ‘sugar-free’ products are calorie-free
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
You may be still be able to include some sugar in your diet by
how to count your carbohydrates. Speak to your dietitian to know how.
Myth 4: Bitter-tasting food will help lower blood glucose levels
Myth 5: Switching to wholegrain rice means I can eat more rice
The carbohydrate content of wholegrain rice is similar to regular rice.
Wholegrain rice provides more fibre by comparison, making it a healthier option.
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