A high-fiber diet and National Diabetes Day!

Posted by Tomohiro Matano on Nov 13, 2017 7:55:29 PM

high-fiber diet and diabetes

Did you know that November is National Diabetes Month and November 14th is National Diabetes Day? Did you also know that all the way back in 2008, high-fiber barley (Where do I get it?) was linked to diabetes prevention?

Prevent & Treat Type 2 Diabetes with a High-Fiber Diet

A healthy lifestyle is one of the best ways to prevent/treat type 2 diabetes and a high-fiber diet can lower your diabetes risk even further.  A high-fiber diet has been shown to regulate your blood sugar levels and lower insulin levels. Both soluble and insoluble fibers (what's the big difference?) play a role. Soluble fiber forms a gel in your stomachs when it's broken down, slowing down digestion and prolonging how fast your stomach empties. This in turn, causes sugars to be released and absorbed at a slower pace so your blood sugar doesn't spike. While soluble fiber is an unsung hero for controlling blood sugar, insoluble fiber can also assist in diabetes management, by helping you feel fuller and adding bulk to your stool, helping you stay regular and helping with weight management. 

How Can I Add The Right Fiber to My Diet?

Another study published in the Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice Journal reported a 30-percent decrease in HbA1c (average blood glucose level) in people with type 2 diabetes who ate a healthy diet including pearl barley that supplied 18 grams of soluble fiber per day.  - HealthyAging.Net

We've talked a lot on the blog on how Mochi Pearl Barley boosts fiber in your diet and contains healthy beta glucan which has been linked to promoting healthy blood sugar and improved weight management. Mochi Barley has more soluble fiber than most other grains. With 8.9 grams of soluble fiber and 4.1 grams of insoluble fiber per 100 gram serving, Mochi Barley's dietary fiber is flipped with a ratio of 2:1 soluble to insoluble fiber.

Mochi Barley is so versatile and can be used in so many recipes from breakfast, to snacks, to main courses to even desserts. And best of all, not only is this high-fiber diet adding star delicious, it's quick cooking (Mochi Barley does it in 10). Check out our recipes section for all the easy, yummy and good ways to add healthy fiber to your diet!

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