Most of us living with diabetes have to constantly give some thought not only to how many carbs we’re consuming, but also the type. The ones you choose do make a difference if you’re trying to keep your blood sugars from skyrocketing after meals or from dropping too low during or after a workout. For example, most of you know that refined carbs like those found in Graham crackers can jack your sugars right up, while none of us (hopefully) would eat a low-glycemic, high-fiber carb source like black beans during exercise to prevent or treat hypoglycemia. Most of us would also pass on sugary cereals like Cocoa Krispies for breakfast unless we know that we’ll be exercising vigorously shortly afterwards to counter the post-meal glucose spike.
Interestingly, Kellogg, the nation’s largest cereal maker, is currently being widely criticized for capitalizing on the swine flu phobia by adding a banner in bold lettering on the front of their Cocoa Krispies cereal boxes that states, “Now helps support your child’s IMMUNITY.” Excuse me, but since when did processed white sugar, partially-hydrogenated trans fats, and synthetic chemical vitamins start enhancing human immunity? Of all claims on cereal boxes, “this one belongs in the hall of fame,” says Kelly Brownell, director of Yale University’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity who was quoted in USA Today on November 2, 2009. “By their logic, you can spray vitamins on a pile of leaves, and it will boost immunity.” Kellogg didn’t even bother to make this cereal with whole grains before making the claim. Personally, I think I’ll stick with my old-fashioned oatmeal, fruit, nuts, and soymilk for breakfast and hope that helps boost my immunity naturally and not my blood sugars!