Diabetes is one kind of disease that makes sufferers cannot live like a normal person. One of them is in choosing food. Diabetic patients have limited food choices. They should be extra careful when going to eat foods containing sugar.
So, is sweet potatoes safe for diabetics to consume? Sweet potatoes in the UK are referred to as 'sweet potatoes', but the word 'sweet' here does not make sweet potatoes harmful to diabetics. Research reveals that sweet potatoes are safe to be consumed by diabetics. Why?
First, sweet potatoes have a low glycemic index. These tubers also contain lots of fiber. A low glycemic index in sweet potatoes will not affect blood sugar levels in diabetic patients, as reported by Boldsky (12/12).
But besides the glycemic index, there are still some factors that must be considered. It depends on how sweet sweet potatoes will be consumed. How to cook sweet potatoes can also affect the level of the glycemic index in it. If the glycemic index in sweet potatoes increases due to incorrect cooking, then this food should be avoided by diabetics.
Sweet potatoes contain magnesium, potassium, vitamin C, beta-carotene, and fiber that is good for people with diabetes. Low glycemic levels will help the carbohydrates to be processed slowly and more easily absorbed. This will not affect insulin and blood sugar levels in diabetic patients.
So, what kind of cooking suitable for sweet potatoes can be consumed by diabetes patients? Some cooking methods can benefit diabetic patients such as not peeling the skin of sweet potatoes and frying them. Do not boil sweet potatoes, as this makes them more digestible and can increase the level of the sweet potato glycemic index.
Sweet potatoes also contain several health benefits such as preventing free radicals and inflammation. So in conclusion, sweet potatoes are safe to be consumed by diabetic patients during consumption by proper cooking and not consumed too much.