From: Alan D. (e-mail not disclosed for privacy)
Subject: are starches out completely?
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I have type 2 diabetes and am confused about carbohydrates. A friend told me to avoid bread, pasta, potatoes, and other starches. Are all starches out completely?
Below are a number of responses to the above question:
Jenifer Kayan RD, LD (Registered Dietitian) Answer: Starches are an essential part of a balanced diet, like all other food groups. However, as a diabetic, you need to be more careful about the... (click for entire response)
Katie Kelly, RD (Registered Dietitian) Answer: Your body uses carbohydrates as fuel for your brain, so starches, or carbohydrates, are essential for a functioning body. With that said, not all carbohydrates are the best choices for a healthy, functioning body. Look for complex carbohydrates like... (click for entire response)
Elissa Basham, Dietetic Intern Answer: Carbohydrates break down into glucose, which is a source of energy for our bodies. You still need some carbohydrates to maintain your blood sugar levels, whether you are diabetic or not. If you eliminate starches... (click for entire response)
Lauren Siegfried, Dietetic Intern Answer: When choosing carbohydrates, choose complex carbohydrates such as fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain breads, cereals, and pastas. These foods contain B vitamins and fiber that are not typically found in... (click for entire response)
Michelle Rauch, Dietetic Intern Answer: Starches do not need to be eliminated from your diet as long as you watch your portion sizes and stick to foods that are nutrient dense: meaning high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. The higher the... (click for entire response)
Nien-Jung Wu, Dietetic Intern Answer: People with type 2 diabetes still need carbohydrates in order to maintain body’s normal function. The recommended minimum amount for carbohydrate is... (click for entire response)
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