Are Tacos Bad for Diabetics?

Q:
Are Tacos Bad for Diabetics?

A:
A taco is a traditional Mexican dish composed of a corn or wheat tortilla folded or rolled around a filling.

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Whether tacos are bad for diabetics depends on the wheat and the fillings you eat. Discussions about whether grains help you lose or add weight never end. Even more importantly, do they help or hinder blood glucose management? One thing is for sure. If you are going to eat grain foods, pick the ones that are whole grains.

A whole grain is the entire grain—which includes the bran, germ and endosperm (starchy part). Examples of whole grain wheat products include 100% whole wheat bread, pasta, tortillas, and crackers.

Finding whole grain foods can be a challenge. Some foods only contain a small amount of whole grain but will say it contains whole grain on the front of the package. For all cereals and grains, read the ingredient list and look for the following sources of whole grains as the first ingredient:

  • Bulgur (cracked wheat)
  • Whole wheat flour
  • Whole grain corn/corn meal
  • Popcorn
  • Whole oats/oatmeal
  • Brown rice
  • Whole rye
  • Whole grain barley
  • Wild rice
  • Whole farro
  • Buckwheat
  • Buckwheat flour
  • Triticale
  • Millet
  • Quinoa
  • Sorghum

In addition, for fillings, you should also eat healthily, which means a lot of vegetables and less fat meat.

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