MANY diabetics avoid carbohydrate foods, especially white rice because they are worried about increasing their blood glucose content.
The patients need to be careful in terms of nutrition because to ensure the blood sugar levels will always be controlled and avoid the risk of diabetes becoming more chronic.
Untuk alasan itu, many also turn to brown rice which is said to be more nutritious and low in carbohydrates than white rice.
But is it true that brown rice is better for diabetics?
According to the Wound and Hyperbaric Care Specialist, Lieutenant Colonel (B) Dr. Clement Limus Apong, brown rice is basically the same as regular rice but its glycemic index content is lower at around 50.
Not only is the glycemic index low, the fiber content in brown rice is also quite high compared to white rice and is rich in fiber and vitamin B6.
“Brown rice is a better choice than white rice because of its lower glycemic index content and does not interfere with blood sugar levels. This is because the fiber content in it is able to prevent the release of glucose into the blood,” dia berkata.
Namun, Dr. Clement said, brown rice can be a dangerous food for diabetics if it is taken without control.
Although it is healthier, patients need to pay attention to the size of the dish as it is still in the carbohydrate group.
“Many people think that brown rice has a low glycemic index and is not dangerous for diabetics, making them eat more than white rice. When this happens, the effect remains the same as when you eat white rice. So that is why it is very important to take care of your food intake,” dia menjelaskan.
Sementara itu, Dr. Clement also suggested that in addition to rice, patients can try other carbohydrate dishes such as bread, pasta, potatoes, dan seterusnya.
Tambahan, patients should also focus on the intake of vegetables and protein such as tofu, ayam, fish to balance the diet.
“If you eat rice today, you can reduce its size and add more vegetables and protein in your diet or replace it with other carbohydrates to change your appetite. It is very important for patients to take care of their diet, including controlling the intake of added sugars in food to prevent a sudden increase in blood glucose,” dia menjelaskan.