From Pennsylvania, USA:
My wife has been diagnosed with gestational diabetes. She is 37 years old. Her prescribed diet includes two pieces of bread at both breakfast and lunch, as well as pasta, potatoes, or rice at dinner. I have examined the glycemic index of these foods, and believe that the above-mentioned foods (bread, potatoes, pasta, and rice) have rather high glycemic indexes. Wouldn't it be better for my wife to be consuming lower glycemic index foods, like broccoli, lentils, and apples (as typical examples)? Isn't blood sugar level management aided by consumption of low glycemic index foods?
has provided us with some good information, however,
a balanced diet with all food groups represented is also important when
one is pregnant. I would suggest that unless your wife has a lot of
fluctuations in her blood sugars, that the more close to a normal eating
pattern the diet can be the easier it will be to stay on it for the
duration of the pregnancy. In addition, foods may vary in their
glycemic index based on their method of preparation or the composition
(such as the amylose content of rice varies within types of rice). It
appears that in studies, foods eaten in mixed meals have a more moderate
affect on blood glucose. In other words, glycemic index was never
intended to be used in isolation. The total amount of carbohydrate, the
amount and type of fat, and fiber content are also important
considerations in balancing blood sugars. If your wife doesn't mind
trading lentils for a slice of bread then it surely won't hurt
anything, but eating balanced meals including breads and starches is
also a good plan.
Original posting 24 Jul 1998
Posted to Meal Planning, Food and Diet
and Gestational Diabetes
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:08:58
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