The #1 Best Oatmeal to Eat If You Have Diabetes

Around 34.2 million U.S. adults have diabetes. It's considered the seventh leading cause of death in America, and while everyone should be mindful of what they're eating

Those with diabetes have to be even more careful to effectively manage the disease. Being mindful of the food they eat means that diabetics can't just buy any type of food

"[Oats] are complex carbohydrates meaning they are full of fiber," says Leah Johnston, RD at SRW. "It's the beta-glucan fiber in oats that has a significant effect on reducing blood sugar

And insulin response. Carbs with fiber take longer to digest and metabolize and, in turn, blood glucose doesn't rise as quickly."

Not only is steel-cut oatmeal the best option for anyone who has diabetes and is trying to keep their blood sugar low, but they're also one of the healthiest options for oatmeal 

Steel-cut oats are the least processed of all the types of oats and therefore offer slightly more nutritional value and a lower glycemic index of about 53," 

If the flavor of oatmeal isn't enough, there are a host of toppings that can be added to help enhance the taste, while keeping the dish a healthy choice.

Johnston says that there are plenty of diabetic-friendly options to help spruce up a morning bowl of oatmeal, including fresh fruit rather than dried fruit, as dried fruit has a higher sugar

Johnston says that they will also add omega-3 fatty acids to the dish. Other healthy and diabetic-friendly additions include unsweetened coconut, Greek yogurt, and cottage cheese

"There are 24 phenolic compounds found in oats — plant compounds that have antioxidant properties. Its anti-inflammatory action may also reduce the risk of known diabetes cardiovascular complications

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