October 30 2007 day 19 – Are you getting enough fiber?
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Fiber plays an important role in the metabolism of carbohydrates. If a meal contains 30 grams of carbohydrates and 10 grams of fiber, the meal is said to contain 20 net grams of carbohydrates (fiber content is subtracted from carbohydrate content to compute net carbohydrates). Fiber also slows down the absorption of carbohydrates, thus preventing blood sugar spikes. I make it a point to have a fresh salad twice a day, at lunch and at dinner. It helps slow down the digestion of the main entree, while giving me a healthy dose of fiber. Watch the salad dressing though, because a lot of salad dressings sold in stores may contain a bunch of carbs. I usually stick to low fat low carb dressing like lite ranch or italian. It is also easy to make fresh salad dressing using herbs, spices, lemon/lime juice, balsamic vinegar and some extra virgin olive oil.
There is no cure for diabetes, yet.