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Experiment With Fiber As Your Food Guideline To Lower Blood Sugars

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I was shocked to learn that while "normal people" should try and get 30 g of fiber a day (I tried on SP to moniter mine and found it a challenge) Diabetics should try and get 50 g. Since then I have been reading more labels, adding flax seed to everything. If it has less than 2 g of fiber I ...

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...hesitate to eat it and when I realize how much I would have to eat of some foods to get anywhere near that meal's portion... I usually choose something else. I am full all the time and my blood sugars and cholesterol are great! Try it as an experiment and see what happens!
- Submitted by JUSTYNA7 7/31/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 9 Comments
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NURSECARA 8/5/2010 5:17:00 PM

    thanks for the message... but i have never used flax seed. how do you use it? where do you get it?
SUNSHINE6442 12/15/2010 3:14:00 PM

    Badhia is a Spanish Brand that carries the seeds and the ground flaxseeds. A packet is around 80 cnts, a bottle about $1.59, mix it with sesame seeds and put on chicken, salads, oatmeal, grits, etc. There is really no taste to them, but they have great benefits. Fiber rich, it helps lower cholesterol.
Omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids reduce inflammation.Inflammation plays a role in arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, and cancer.
- Flax seed is the richest source of lignan. Lignan mimics the action of estrogen which balances out the female hormones. Lignan also helps prevent breast cancer.
- One of the richest sources of magnesium, one-half cup equals almost 100% of the daily requirements which makes flax a pain preventer. Magnesium eases the stressed nerve cell activity that causes tension headaches and neck pain.
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- It improves the absorption of calcium and strengthens bones, teeth and nails.
QUILTGAL1 8/10/2010 9:48:00 PM

    Flax seeds need to be crushed in order to get the nutrients
PLAINJANE41 3/28/2013 10:17:00 PM

    Others have mentioned that it has to be crushed, ground, etc. to get the nutritional benefit. Buying ground flax meal doesn't cut it, because it loses it's potency quickly. For Christmas, the first thing on my list was a coffee grinder, even though I don't drink coffee. Now I can grind the flaxseed right before I use it for the maximum nutrional benefit. Another good source of fiber plus protein and Omega 3's is chia seed. which doesn't have to be ground, and is tiny enough to hide anywhere. Both work in smoothies, and there the flax would be ground by the mixer. Just don't mix the two in the same recipe (meal?). When I first got the chia seed, I decided to make a super-duper nutricious smoothie and put a full serving of both flax and chia in. Talk about a LOW! Now it's one or the other- not both!
MSPOOH404 12/3/2010 2:08:00 PM

    You can get it in grocery stores and you can get it already ground. I didn't care for it in my salads, but it was hardly noticeable in oatmeal and pancakes. I've never tried cooking anything else with flaxseed. That's something I'd be interested in experimenting with.
SEAWITCHBLUE 8/10/2010 5:52:00 AM

    Thanks for the tip.
Seems to me that fibre is good for everything!
WHITTGO7 8/8/2010 10:59:00 PM

    You can get it at any health food store. I like to put it on oatmeal and cereal.
-PAULA 8/6/2010 10:04:00 PM

    I brought a big bag of flaxseed at BJs {big box warehouse store}. I haven't used much because I keep forgetting I have it but it still has a shelf life of almost two years. I've used it as a cereal topper, in spaghetti and turkey meatballs, in soups, in casserole, in pancake mix, etc. About anything when I think of it. There are also recipes on the bag.
REBECCAMOORE923 8/6/2010 9:32:00 AM

    I believe you can buy it at the grocery store.. and you can add it to anything.. like on top of a salad, mix it in with recipies.. on the recipie site put flax seed in, or even google flax seed recipies. Just an idea :)

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