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Sprouted Wheat for Diabetics

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Natalie Weiss is a registered dietitian based in Chicago. She began writing about nutrition and healthy living in 2009, with work appearing in the "Beacon News" and local school newsletters. Weiss earned a Bachelor of Science in human nutrition from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Sprouted Wheat for Diabetics
Sprouted wheat is a healthy option for people with diabetes. Photo Credit Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images

Diabetes is a condition that requires close monitoring of blood sugar levels. The type of food you eat affects the amount of sugar in your blood. Carbohydrates are the foods that raise your blood sugar the most. If you have diabetes and eat too many carbohydrates at a meal, your blood sugar will get too high.

About Sprouted Wheat

Many foods contain carbohydrates, and one of the most well known is wheat, including sprouted wheat. A 1/3-cup serving of sprouted wheat contains 15 g of carbohydrate. Because sprouted wheat contains carbohydrates, people with diabetes need to be cautious about how much they eat. In general, most men need about 60 to 75 g of carbohydrate at a meal, and most women need about 45 to 60 g. One cup of sprouted wheat equals 45 g of carbohydrate, almost your entire allotment for one meal.

The Importance of Whole Grains

With diabetes, the amount of carbohydrate you eat is not the only important thing; the type of carbohydrate matters, too. Choosing whole grains is important. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, at least half the grains you eat should be whole. Sprouted wheat is made from whole wheat kernels. When you eat sprouted wheat, you get all the benefits of a whole grain and more. The process of sprouting actually increases several of the grain's important nutrients, including vitamin C, B vitamins and folate. In addition, whole grains can help normalize cholesterol and blood sugar levels, two things especially important for people with diabetes.

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Buying and Using Sprouted Wheat

You can purchase sprouted wheat as whole sprouted kernels or ground into flour. Sprouted wheat kernels can be eaten as a side dish with dinner, and the flour can be used to make a variety of baked goods. Many grocery stores now carry loaves of bread made with sprouted wheat.

The Bottom Line

The process of sprouting increases many of the grain's key nutrients, but it does not get rid of the carbohydrates. Carbohydrates raise your blood sugar. People with diabetes who choose to eat sprouted wheat need to make sure they eat an appropriate serving size.

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