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Any decent low carb breakfast cereals out there?

Discussion in 'Type 2 Diabetes' started by paulloseby, Apr 22, 2018.

  1. Julie27318

    Julie27318 Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Nurse or Doctor he can't remember
     
  2. Brunneria

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    Hi Julie

    There is some evidence that Beta-Glucans can make improvements in blood glucose
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25561108
    This seems to be because they are soluble fibres, which, if taken in enough quantity, over a long enough period, may have a slightly lowering effect on blood glucose.
    I expect that there is just enough evidence for Asda to be legally entitled to make the claim. There is also some evidence that Beta-Glucans are amongst the soluble fibres that help to lower cholesterol. This is why the claims are made on the packaging.

    However, while those Ready Oats do indeed have Beta-Glucans in them, they ALSO have 23g carbs per 40g portion - and unless you are able to test what happens to your blood glucose after eating, you won't know if you can tolerate them or not.

    You may not have many test strips for your meter, but if this is a breakfast that you intend to eat regularly, it is probably worth you testing your blood glucose before eating the porridge and then again at 2 hours after eating. That way you will know for certain whether that packet oat mix is OK for you.

    If your blood glucose goes to high, don't despair, you can try other breakfasts. There are 100% rolled oats, which will spike less than your Ready Oats, but they will take a bit longer to prepare.

    Alernatively, you can try some of the other cereal options suggested earlier in the thread.

    Hope that helps.
     
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    donnellysdogs Type 1 · Master

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    For me its easy if I actually want to eat breakfast.. plain yogurt and frozen berries (defrosted night before in a ramekin)... quick and simple...
     
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  4. Bluetit1802

    Bluetit1802 Type 2 (in remission!) · Legend

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    There must be some other reason why he was told that. Cheese doesn't raise blood glucose levels.
     
  5. hooha

    hooha Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Hi I agree these oats are bad ! The only oats possible are steel cut real oats which take longer to cook. Use a very small portion and read the packet info for the carbs..
     
  6. mikele

    mikele Type 2 · Newbie

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    I have organic oats with Chestnut Flower Honey and Goats Milk for breakfast without any blood sugar spikes. The carbs in Oats are very slow to be absorbed into the blood stream and are considered to be low GI.
     
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  7. hooha

    hooha Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    hi try avocado, cream, nuts like walnut or almond, bluberry strawberry etc
    I sometimes have a tiny handful of all bran or wheat bran, with no milk but full cream and some water.... delicious
     
  8. hooha

    hooha Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    You can buy egg boilers, which take a measured amount of water , can do soft medium or hard, and have an alarm to let you know when they are ready...no mess
     
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  9. Resurgam

    Resurgam Type 2 (in remission!) · Expert

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    But how high does it send your blood glucose levels, and for how long?
    Oats, honey and milk are things I need to avoid, along with other high carb foods, so as to keep my BG in the normal range.
     
  10. Mr_Pot

    Mr_Pot Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    Full fat milk and skimmed milk have very similar carb content, 4.7g and 5.0g per 100ml respectively. So it doesn't really matter which you have, more important is not to have too much.
     
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    Jasmine-t1d Type 1 · Newbie

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    Hi Paul

    If you enjoy cereal for breakfast like me ( it’s easy and mess free) I focus on having a LOW GI breakfast keeping me fuller for longer I often opt for porridge however not all are that low in carbs so it’s worth label checking, you can usually find one which is 20g of carbs per portion (you could also opt for a smaller portion) and add some fruit or nuts. I pop blueberries on mine and a drizzle of sweetener

    Hope this helps
    Jasmine x
     
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  12. Resurgam

    Resurgam Type 2 (in remission!) · Expert

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    Blueberrries are the highest carb of all the berries - best avoided really when there are lower carb options just as easily available.
     
  13. mousemat

    mousemat Type 2 · Active Member

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    I eat Oatibix - but I wouldn't suggest anyone else does,

    The most important thing for me was testing two hours after meals, so I could see which foods had which effects on my blood glucose. Testing acts like weighing scales and where would dieters be without them?

    I was surprised that rice sent it up much more than I had expected for instance. I now have small portions.

    So I knew what foods sent my BG up, rather than believe what someone else was telling me ( nurse, or not).

    Good luck!
     
  14. yorkshiremen

    yorkshiremen Type 2 · Newbie

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    buy two of those microwave egg cups crack 2 eggs in and boom boiled eggs with no mess I also have coffee with cream as part of breakfast and now I'm not on any medication.
     
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    Jasmine-t1d Type 1 · Newbie

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    ... I just fully read this thread and it seems lots of people are avoiding oats / porridge

    I haven’t noticed that I have any Highs after my porridge I will note that I take my insulin around 15 mins before and make up my porridge with water. Everyone is different so it’s just finding what works for you and that you enjoy it!! Diabetes shouldn’t be a chore, Good Luck x
     
  16. catapillar

    catapillar Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    That's great and all. But you are replying to a thread in the type 2 sub forum by an OP who is treating his diabetes with diet only.
     
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    Pinkorchid Type 2 · Well-Known Member

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    I know many here will not agree with this but if you really want cereal there is a range called Rude Health and they do a coconut granola with coconut flakes... but no dried fruit in it... spelt flakes chia seeds and a little bit of honey and is about 22gms of carbs per serving Many of the strict low carbers will say to high for them. I am moderate carbs so do eat it sometimes and get it in Sainsburys I don't know if the other supermarkets do it
     
  18. Madge 2

    Madge 2 Don't have diabetes · Member

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    Please don't eat ANYTHING at breakfast time. Instead read 'Breakfast is a dangerous meal' by Professor Terence Kealey. It's a revelation.
     
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    Mr_Funnel_ Type 1 · Newbie

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  20. Resurgam

    Resurgam Type 2 (in remission!) · Expert

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    As you can see - there are those who cheerfully advise having a breakfast containing what can amount to a whole day's carb allowance for some eating a low carb diet - and they believe it is a 'healthy' choice.
    Having had the same sort of advice from doctors and dieticians for over 40 years, I am not blaming people for just not believing that there are those who cannot eat carbs - we have to be either lying, or misguided or just plain ignorant of how much we need to find some way of eating carbs and not putting on weight or having other symptoms of carb intolerance - we need to find out how to behave properly.
    There are those who can eat porridge - at least they do so and have not seen spikes - which is not the same as having a continuous readout of BG levels over the following hours - so do hope that they are able to deal with the carbs from cereals - but I will be eating the protein and fat foods, along with about 10 gm of carbs or maybe a little less - as I am confident that is what I need to eat to stay away from spikes and elevated BG levels in general.
     
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