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Best Noodles for People with Diabetes – Everything You Need to Know

Best Noodles for People with Diabetes – Everything You Need to Know

  By: Editors at DiabetesIQ  |  Published: December 17, 2021   
Published: December 17, 2021   

Best Noodles for People with Diabetes – Everything You Need to KnowBest Noodles for People with Diabetes – Everything You Need to Know
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People have been enjoying noodles for over 4,000 years. Since its origination, noodle has come the long way to becoming one of the most popular dishes in the world. – It’s hard to find a cuisine that doesn’t have any kind of noodles or pasta. That’s why there are so many choices out there varying in content of the dough, ways of cooking, sauces, spices, and other elements that make each recipe unique.

One thing is common for many noodle and pasta dishes, though. – They are loaded with carbohydrates. That is not an obstacle for most people, but for people with diabetes a dish that is a carb bomb is a no go. In other words, noodles and pasta are a typical comfort food that people with diabetes often prefer to avoid. However, you can still enjoy pasta for dinner without risking blood sugar spikes or compromising your weight control strategy if you approach it smartly.

First of all, use noodles and pasta that is made of whole grain instead of white flour because it provides more fiber, which can reduce the chance of blood sugar spikes. Also, combine your noodles with vegetables. In particular, non-starchy vegetables that are low in calories and very high in fiber, such as carrots, cucumbers, kale, mushrooms, broccoli, asparagus, collard greens, arugula, and spinach.

If you want to enhance the flavor of your noodles or pasta with a sauce, avoid creamy sauces that are rich on calories and fats. Instead, go with light tomato- and olive oil-based sauces. Don’t get over-enthusiastic with cheese. Avoid fat ones and use lean cheeses instead like parmesan and mozzarella.

Besides, you can add some lean protein to your noodles, such as chicken breast, turkey, or tofu, because protein is slower to digest than carbs. Also, when having noodles or pasta – a food that is usually high on calories – make sure to keep portion control in mind as well, as moderation is the key to successful blood sugar an weight management.

The number of ways you can cook your noodles is almost limitless. Virtually anyone can find a few to their liking. Here are some noodle recipes that we enjoy.


Rice Noodles with Tofu and Vegetables

This savory diabetic-friendly dish has a bold flavor and vibrant colors thanks to the combination of its ingredients and it is a perfect fit for a vegetarian diet.

Chicken Soup with Whole Wheat Noodles and Asparagus

This is a recipe for a delicious and easy to make diabetic-friendly one-pot dinner that the entire family will enjoy.


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