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Live Healthy: Avoiding diabetic breakfast blunders

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, more so for diabetics. When we wake up our blood sugar is low, as we’ve not eaten for many hours. Often people in a rush will forgo breakfast, or grab a quick sugary meals. For diabetics, this isn’t the right choice says nutritionist Andrea Hill. She says diabetics need to make smarter choices.

Her first time is to pick slow release carbohydrates. “Carbs are important” says Mrs. Hill. You can get a carbohydrates from fruits, greens, cereal or bread. When you are picking a carbohydrate you have to make sure it has enough fibre. A good rule of thumb is 7 grams of fibre, says Mrs. Hill. Bran cereal and Ezekiel cereal are good choices she says. If you are picking fruit go for berries as they have the lowest sugar content of all fruits.

In addition to your carbohydrate you need to include protein. Protein helps to manage the effects of the blood sugar release of carbohydrates. Protein also gives you a lasting effect and helps you stay fuller for longer. Things like cottage cheese, egg, hemp and protein powder are good choices.

Seeds are a great way to fortify your breakfast. Chia and flax seed are high in fibre and add health fat.

If you like to juice, Mrs. Hill says you should go heavy on vegetables and cut back on the fruit. She also stressed the need to add protein.

About the author

Edlyn Ruiz

Edlyn Ruiz

Edlyn Ruiz first began a career in broadcast, in radio as a teen. She joined the Cayman 27 team as an intern, while pursuing her Bachelors. She came on board full time in 2011. She serves as a producer and on-air host/anchor. She has an interest in stories focused on health, and the environment.

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