Diabetes type 2: Non-dairy milk may raise a person’s blood sugar level – best alternative

Type 2 diabetes means the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or the insulin it does produce is not taken up by the cells. Insulin is a hormone that regulates blood sugar – the main type of sugar found in blood. Uncontrolled blood sugar levels can cause a torrent of destruction on the body and a person may be unwittingly increasing their risk by drinking milk.

Non-dairy milk is the surprising food type which experts warn against type 2 diabetics.

Oat milk for example is very high in sugar which can play havoc on one’s blood sugars.

In fact, according to Harvard Medical School, oat milk contains a GI score of 86 making it 86 percent as high as straight glucose.

As far as milk substitutes go, unsweetened soy is highly recommended due to its low sugar content which won’t spike a person’s blood sugar.

When it comes to choosing the best milk substitutes its imperative you check the label as they tend to vary between each brand.

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The average cup of milk contains roughly 12 grams of carbohydrate, but certain milk alternatives contain much less carbohydrate content.

Almond milk, soy milk and coconut milk contain one gram, four grams and two grams respectively.

Certain milks with added flavours including chocolate can double the carbohydrate intake.

People with type 2 diabetes should look for the least amount of sugar per serving in most of their food choices.

This may mean staying away from sweetened milk completely.

A person should also avoid milk that is high in saturated and trans-fat.

Unlike saturated and trans fats, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat can be beneficial when eaten in moderation.

Monounsaturated fat can help reduce bad cholesterol. Polyunsaturated fat is beneficial for the heart.

Additionally, a person could be unwittingly raising their blood sugar by eating carbohydrate-rich foods, including white bread, white pasta, and pastries.

Ready meals and takeaway dinners should also be avoided by diabetes patents, it added, as they may be rich in salt and sugar.

All of them may lead to sugar spikes in your blood sugar levels.

These spikes can trigger dangerous diabetes symptoms, and subsequently, deadly complications.

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