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Are Sweet Potatoes Good For Diabetics?

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James Dudley

Curejoy Expert James Dudley Explains:

Many cases of diabetes, especially type 1 diabetes, occur due to the inability of the pancreas to regulate insulin, which is important in controlling blood sugar. Sweet potato actually helps to balance blood sugar in diabetics. Research shows that sweet potatoes contain adiponectin, a protein hormone produced by our fat cells. People with diabetes tend to have lower levels of adiponectin, and sweet potato extracts have been shown to significantly increase adiponectin levels in persons with type 2 diabetes.

So, diabetic patients are better off choosing carbohydrate-containing foods with a low or moderate glycemic index compared to high-GI foods, because they break down more slowly in the body, producing smaller fluctuations in blood glucose and insulin levels. Sweet potatoes eaten cooked with the skins on or raw (as in a slaw) are considered low to medium glycemic foods. Cooked sweet potatoes eaten without the skins fall into the medium glycemic zone, between 63 and 66, lower than some other starchy foods such as instant mashed potatoes and whole-wheat bread.

In fact the American Diabetes Association (AMA) considers sweet potatoes as a superfood. Its high fibre content contributes to a lower glycemic index (44). The amount of fiber in a food slows down the rate of digestion of the starches. This action in turn lowers the glycemic index of the sweet potato and helps keep blood sugar levels within a manageable range.

Cooking methods also affect the glycemic index of sweet potato. For diabetics, certain cooking methods are more conducive to managing blood sugar levels. So, you must prepare your sweet potatoes without all the added sugar or butter that some recipes may call for. Go beyond the conventional style and try sweet potatoes roasted, mashed or even pureed into soup.

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Orquilla Leonilo
Orquilla Leonilo 5pts

ang kamote sa leyte intawon maoy amoang pandisal sa bukid.

Bucky Swisher
Bucky Swisher 5pts

What ia the difference between yams and sweet potatoes? Which are better for you? Roast them in coconut oil herbs and onions. I never liked them until I tried them like this. The candied yams with marshmallows is disgusting. ..now o love them cooked right.☆

Penny Cents
Penny Cents 5pts

This article could've been summed up in one or two words. Yes or no. Lol

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Natural Sugars - Good for diabetic in moderate quantities!

Jaswant Bhachu
Jaswant Bhachu 5pts

Inderpal Singh Bhachu love some sweet potato 👍🏽☺️

Manoj Mankad
Manoj Mankad 5pts

If it does not , then why medical science says no to it ?

Celine Tan
Celine Tan 5pts

No sweet potatoes shoot blood sugar

Sarath Dassanaike
Sarath Dassanaike 5pts

IN SRI LANKA who is having DIABETIC do not eat Sweet Potatoes , in sinhala we call it " BATHALA" it a aruyuvedic position sugar level go up. BUT we eat another yam called " MYNOKKA " We eat both with Chillie powder mik with salt, lime, onoions or mixed with scraped coconot asa sambol. botth home grown in yard

Baiju Ps
Baiju Ps 5pts

madhura kizhangu avichathu + pepper & coconut oil mix..