Eat your oatmeal, get diabetes

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Okay, I confess. That headline is a bit of an exaggeration.

Unless you’re eating a sugared-up instant oatmeal, and not balancing out those 32 grams of carbs with an equal amount of protein — say, a half a dozen eggs, or five slices of Canadian bacon. Then it’s very little exaggeration at all.

Yeah, I hear ya. “But I thought oatmeal was health food!” Maybe some oatmeal, prepared certain ways, but this stuff? You might as well have Twizzlers for breakfast.

Seriously…

1 packet of Quaker Oats Maple & Brown Sugar instant oatmeal has:
157 calories
2 grams of fat
4 grams of protein
32 grams of carbohydrate ( incl 3 g fiber & 13 g added sugar)
Similar in macronutrient profile to:
4 Twizzlers, or
2 Fat Free Fudgesicle bars, or
a York Peppermint Patty.

I have a very personal reason for being so passionate about this.

My mom had Type 2 Diabetes, which some studies suggest doubles one’s chances of developing Alzheimer’s. Which my mom also developed.

For years she followed the low-fat diet recommended by the American Heart Association and the Diabetes Association. Her breakfast was usually a bowl of oatmeal, wheat toast with a spray of fake butter, fruit, and black coffee.

When she ate the low-fat, high-carb breakfast she thought was healthy, it would throw her blood sugar high, and she needed Metformin to bring it down. However, one day when she ate at my house and I served her a balanced breakfast, taking her Metformin made her blood sugar plummet to dangerous levels. (We ended up in the ER.) I often wonder if my she’d had a better understanding of carbs, sugars, insulin and health, if she could have avoided or forestalled Alzheimer’s.

It’s too late for her, but you still have time: Kick the corporate food! Shop in the produce section, buy lean meat, educate yourself about health! (Here’s a good place to start.)

To change your health, think outside the box.

(I’m indebted to HealthHabits and BalancedBites for the inspiration, some of the content and the first image in this post.)

Jana

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