What cereals are best for people with diabetes?

Many people with diabetes choose not to have cereal at all, because it's so high in carbs and often causes blood sugar to spike. Better breakfast choices for people with diabetes are refined, unprocessed foods like eggs, meat, vegetables, and fruit.

But if you love cereal and find your blood sugar levels can handle it, browse the cereal aisle and look at the nutrition facts. Go for cereals with the lowest carbs and the highest fiber and protein. One healthy choice is Kashi GoLean. It contains 30 grams of carbs in a 1 cup serving, but also delivers 10 grams of fiber and 13 grams of protein.

As for what you put in it, one cup of whole milk contains 13 grams of carbs, 1 cup of half and half contains 10 grams, and 1 cup of unsweetened soy milk contains between 4 grams and 8 grams, depending on the brand. You might try mixing milks to get the best taste and lowest carbs.

Continue Learning about Diabetes


Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.

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