Does the high carb content of wholegrain oats result in a significant amount of sugar when digested and metabolized?

All carbohydrates, whether complex or simple, eventually metabolize to sugar. The primary difference is that complex carbohydrates are metabolized more slowly and produce a much more gradual increase in blood sugar. Oats are a great example of a complex carbohydrate that actually have been shown to help stabilize blood sugar. Oats also contain a component known as beta glucan. Studies show that beta-glucan has beneficial effects in diabetes. For example, type 2 diabetes patients given foods high in this type of oat fiber or given oatmeal or oat bran rich foods experienced much lower rises in blood sugar compared to those who were given white rice or bread. Starting out your day with a blood sugar stabilizing food such as oats may make it easier to keep blood sugar levels under control the rest of the day, especially when the rest of your day is also supported with nourishing fiber-rich foods.

Oats are considered a low glycemic food. The Glycemic Index (GI) is a numerical scale used to indicate how fast and how high a particular food can raise our blood glucose (blood sugar) level. A food with a low GI will typically prompt a moderate rise in blood glucose, while a food with a high GI may cause our blood glucose level to increase above the optimal level. Individuals who have problems with maintaining proper blood sugar levels should restrict their selection to foods with a GI of 40 or less most of the time. You will find a glycemic index value for each of the foods featured on our website (in the nutrient profile for each food), so you can easily see which foods you should choose the majority of the time.

You can learn more from these articles on our website. A New Way of Looking at Carbohydrates What is the Glycemic Index? Oats

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