What cereals and grains might be part of a gestational diabetes diet?

Amy Campbell
Endocrinology Diabetes & Metabolism

Cereals and grains can definitely be part of your gestational diabetes eating plan. Cereals and grains are considered to be starchy foods, which are types of carbohydrate. Carbohydrate provides energy for the body, as well as other important nutrients, including many vitamins and minerals. The key is to choose healthy, whole grain forms of these carbs. Doing so will give you more nutrition, including fiber, and can also help limit spikes in blood glucose after eating a meal. Good choices include steel cut oats, bran cereals, whole grain bread, brown rice, and whole grain pasta. Refined or "white" grain foods, like white rice, white pasta and white bread are highly processed. This means that many of the beneficial nutrients have been stripped away. Also, refined foods have a higher glycemic effect, meaning that you may notice more of a spike, or increase in your blood glucose after eating them (and the goal is to limit the spikes!). Remember, though, that all carbohydrate foods need to be counted in your eating plan. One carb choice or serving is 1 slice of bread, 3/4 cup cold cereal, 1/2 cup cooked cereal, or 1/3 cup cooked rice or pasta. A dietitian can help you figure out how many carb servings you should aim for at your meals and snacks each day.

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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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