Diabetes is a defect in the body’s ability to convert glucose (sugar) to energy. Glucose is the main source of fuel for our body. When food is digested it is changed into fats, protein, or carbohydrates. Foods that affect blood sugars are called carbohydrates.
Carbohydrates, when digested, change to glucose. Examples of some carbohydrates are: bread, rice, pasta, potatoes, corn, fruit, and milk products. Individuals with diabetes should eat carbohydrates but must do so in moderation.
Glucose is then transferred to the blood and is used by the cells for energy. In order for glucose to be transferred from the blood into the cells, the hormone - insulin is needed. Insulin is produced by the beta cells in the pancreas (the organ that produces insulin).
Flaxseed - a nutritional powerhouse whole grain food has so many benefits for fighting diabetes.
As part of a balanced and healthy diet, flax for diabetes is so excellent because it helps stabilize blood sugar and controls/prevents diabetes.
Flax is a low glycemic food and has many benefits l due to the Omega 3, fiber, protein and Lignans found in flaxseed.
Our body’s operating system performs high tech multi tasking operations. Sugar and insulin are very important.
When we eat food, our body produces insulin to help keep blood sugar levels under control.
The more vegetables, whole grains and low glycemic foods we eat, the easier it is for our body to keep blood sugars stable and within the normal levels.
The more processed foods, sugar, white flours, white rice, etc; the harder it will be to control blood sugar levels and the more likely it is that we will suffer from diabetes and it's consequences.
14 Gm Flaxseed contains protein 2.56 gm,
fat 5.9 gm,
Moisture 0.97 gm,
and ash 0.53 gm,
So total is 9.86 gm,
Remaining amount 14 – 9.86 = 4.04
corresponds to carbohydrate.
In this 4.04 gms of carb Flax has got 3.8 gm fiber, So actual sugar is 4.04 – 3.8 = 0.24 gm, which is comparatively negligible amount so practically Flax is called a ZERO carb food.
(Remember fiber belongs to carbs but is not absorbed in the intestines and does not raise blood sugar level)