Health Benefits of Whole Grains | Weight Loss

In completely the opposite fashion, for the non-diabetic, weight gain is actually inhibited when one's meal consists of whole grains rather than processed grains, because of the fiber, healthy fats, protein and other nutrients (including amylase inhibitors in many whole grains).

The reason is simply the reverse of the reason why processed grains cause weight gain. Independent of the nutritional health benefits of whole grains, the postprandial blood sugar increase is reduced on account of the beneficial presence of the healthy fats, protein and fiber in whole grains and the fact that the carbohydrates are physically less refined and hence harder to digest (it takes longer to digest less refined carbohydrates simply because physically the pieces are literally larger and hence take longer to be broken down physically even before the chemistry of digestion can take place). For whole grains with amylase inhibitors, blood glucose production is delayed and/or reduced even further.

The results are twofold. 

First, because the blood glucose levels rise slowly and more moderately, there is not a huge surge in insulin (remember we are talking about the non-diabetic still) which knocks down the blood sugar levels too far in the case of processed grains - and hence there is no over-compensating and false hunger driving the urge to eat even more after the meal.

Second, the very fact that blood glucose levels are rising slowly and more moderately means that not only does the non-diabetic not have the blood insulin surge, but the as the body is getting a continuous and moderate supply of glucose and healthy nutrients for hours after the meal - the brain is continually getting the message of 'satiety' rather than the red flashing 'hungry' signal after a meal of processed grains.

No surprise then that so many studies show people who eat whole grains tend to weigh less than those who do not!

All this is well and good for the non-diabetic trying to eat in a healthy manner and not gain weight, but how does this relate to me as a diabetic?

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