What Can Diabetics Eat For Breakfast (Best and Worst Foods)
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day… especially if you have diabetes. So how can you control your glucose levels with breakfast?
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Watch this video to find out about the 5 best breakfasts to adopt (and to completely avoid)!
The 4 Worst Breakfast Foods for Diabetics
4. Processed Breakfast Cereals
Many store-bought kinds of cereal are highly processed containing alarming levels of refined carbohydrate, added sugar, and nasty artificial chemicals.
So, if you do eat cereal in the morning, either make your own or go for a whole grain option without added sugar.
3. Protein Bars
In a similar way to refined breakfast cereals, most protein bars can be categorized as processed food.
But unless they're recommended by your doctor, it's far better to get your sustenance from real food.
2. Sausage, Bacon, and other meat
So while meat doesn’t add extra carbohydrates to your breakfast, it’s not the healthiest option for diabetics.
Sausage and bacon in particular are considered high in saturated fat which is known to raise cholesterol levels and aggravate diabetes.
1. Fruit Juices
Fruit juice may seem like a delicious and healthy option with your breakfast, however, when fruits are juiced, the fiber is removed, leaving a fast-absorbing sugar hit.
And when that extra glucose enters the bloodstream, it can lead to hyperglycemia.
The 5 Best Breakfast Options for Diabetics
If you tend to skip breakfast, a low-carb smoothie can be a good option.
A low-carb smoothie can be made of protein through yogurt or added plant powder, healthy fat with nuts, seeds, or avocado, and fiber with berries and leafy greens.
Eggs are a delicious and healthy breakfast choice for people with diabetes.
Eggs are a rich source of protein, nutrients such as choline and biotin, and omega 3s.
These components support long-term blood glucose control.
3. Avocado Toast
While multigrain breads are filled with fiber, avocados offer a healthy dose of good fat.
Pairing both together creates a nourishing and blood-balancing breakfast option.
Oats are a gluten-free whole grain that contains a large number of vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants.
So when you eat rolled or steel-cut oats, you can get the full nourishment of these important nutrients.
1. Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are a blood glucose-friendly breakfast option. When soaked, the chia seeds expand into a gooey matter that delivers a high amount of soluble fibers and omega-3 fatty acids.
These components significantly reduce insulin resistance and improve blood sugar control.
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Not everyone is the same. Not everyone’s numbers are gonna be the same. They seem to treat you like a number instead of a individual person. what works for some may not work for all when it comes to your numbers and the way you process food.
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Thank you it’s very helpful
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How about being diabetic and having a severe gluten intolerance? Our American diet revolves around wheat.
I prefer eggs and pork and perhaps a slice of zero carb bread. On occasion I’ll make some low carb pancakes that are around one carb per cake. There are some good recipes for egg muffins with spinach and a bit of tomato and cheese. Fish is also acceptable. Just stay away from fruit and grains.
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You can always fry onions or peppers before the eggs with the pork, it’s very nice.
The video should always show the correct amounts of food, and not embellish things in such a way that you can eat as much as you want.
@ekscentar1 I normally use peppers in my omelets but be aware tomatoes, onions, peppers are not low carb but rather medium carb so you need to limit how much of them you eat.
@71160000 oh, I know that, but as a diabetic you have to limit everything you eat, pork included, and used to it.
@ekscentar1 You’ve mentioned what most don’t seem to understand. You do have to limit what you eat to keep your diabetes under control. I allow myself 12 carbs per day max and have for 30 years now. At the same time I control my weight by how many calories I eat.
@71160000 good for you, I must admit that sometimes I just don’t care, but am aware of risks. So far so good, older I get I care more.
Eggs, omelets with vegetables, meats, almond flour pancakes, smoothies, nuts, tomato or v8 juice.
People let’s be civil. We can agree or disagree in a nice way
I eat shreded whole wheat squares with no additives. No sugar. Just have plain wheat squares a half of a unripe banana. Not every day but maybe 3 times a week.
Diverticulitis is a no no for seeds I avoid them but some people don’t have a problem.
I’ve been type 2 for 25 years. First 12 years took pills. My A1C would average 6.5-7.5. I went to an endocrinologist in 2012. He put me on insulin because I have only one kidney. Doc said insulin was cleanest way to go.Once I figured out the carb intake to insulin ratio I eat what I want. My A1C ranges in mid 5’s. Just be careful of too much insulin as you’ll get a low blood sugar. It’s time for orange juice, soda, anything with sugar to bring it back up.
I record what I eat each day and the glucose level the next morning. That way I identify what makes it go up and avoid those foods.
oatmeal is gluten free and you don’t have to load it with sugary stuff, savory oatmeal is rather good. brown rice as well for a nice congee. there’s also gluten free breads and other baked goods
Whole grain is still carbohydrates. Look into wheat belly.
Wish this information was more available earlier in my life. Of course choosing what to eat is a personal choice and decision, but it is a travesty that the FDA allowed so many “nutritional” breakfast products without sufficient warning or limitations – diabetic and obesity levels really increased starting in the 60-70’s thanks to Big Food – nowadays, almost every isle in the supermarket is filled with processed foot and low nutritional foods packed with sugar and carbs. My A1C is 5.5 even though I blend my own veg & fruit smoothies and veg soups, with no rice bread or potatoes sodas 5-6 days a week since my mid-50’s, but prior to this I ate way too much supermarket processed foods and sweet drinks. Wish I would have started my current diet as a child. Big Food marketing – works on so many people who shop at the big box supermarkets that’s for sure.
Any diabetic knows that and it boils down to portion size.
Over a 24 hour period you can’t pinpoint something specific unless you only ate one thing. A CGM will give you near immediate feedback, but looking up a food would accomplish about the same thing.
What can Type 2 diabetics, who are serious cyclist, eat for energy during long (6hrs or more) rides?
Hi there! Type 2 diabetics who are serious cyclists should focus on eating nutrient-dense, low-glycemic-index foods to provide sustained energy during long rides. This may include foods such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats.
It’s also important to stay hydrated during the ride and to consume enough electrolytes to prevent dehydration.
It is always best to consult with a medical professional, dietitian or nutritionist for personalized advice regarding diabetes and cycling nutrition.
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Not having breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Fast and break your fast later in the day. Intermittent fasting allows your body to recover and heal.
Eggs recommended for diabetics: what about pre diabetics taking Statin medication for high cholesterol?
Somebody just told me her sister is diabetic or high glucose, she stopped eating breakfast altogether and her diabetes went away. I said hum
I Tested twice a little out of range, like 104 but told nothing to worry about. I stopped eating whole wheat bread, or any bread, and rice, didn’t really change anything else. I shall see my next test result, appointment in March.