Banana vs Sugar

trophywench

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Well not quite, cos there's things in bananas that aren't in Tate &Lyles - zinc is it or potassium? Trace elements indeed, but we might need em if we aren't getting them from elsewhere in our diet.

Not all that many folk have a BG meter tucked away with the Elastoplast and the Paracetamol, so portraying a spud as spoonfuls of sugar, is a very simple pictorial way of depicting the effect of eating carbs for those not intelligent enough to grasp the more scientific and fuller explanation.
 

ianf0ster

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To my eyes, the BG graphs show that the impact of Banana or Rice are such that they should be avoided even by pre-diabetics.

The idea that they would exactly replicate the graphs for those amounts of sugar is just ridiculous since those of us with a meter know that we all react to amounts of carbs and types of carbs differently. So how could anybody expect 2 random people to have exactly the same reaction to sugar as to a different carb?
Again, a banana or a quantity of rice will vary in ripeness or how it was cooked. Even so the concepts of GI and GL are accepted worldwide, so there is no reason for being fussy about converting these into the equivalent spoons of sugar concept.

This article is just an attack by a vegan doctor on the Low Carb / Keto movement.
Dr Richard Bernstein in the USA runs the Typeonegrit group has been on a low carb diet for decades as have many of that group. He is a Type 1 diabetic (diagnosed in 1946) and is approx 84yrs old and still working. There is less evidence to support a Vegan diet than there is for a Low Carb one, or a Keto one or even a Carnivore one, but many attack meat and dairy on religious grounds. 7th Day Adventists control the biggest grains company in Australia as are on the boards of most of the US and International dietary panels.
 

ianf0ster

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ianf0ster

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I have just seen that DiabetesUK's own Carbs and Calories book also compares Bananas and Rice to amounts of suger (in this case sugar lumps). Perhaps those Professors who object to Dr Unwin' teaspoons of sugar infographics would also object to that!
 

trophywench

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Well teaspoons lumps or bags of sugar really have absolutely no meaning for me, other than the basic that a lump or a tsp is less than a 1kg bag of it, the only thing that does is comparing their respective grams of carbohydrate really.
 

PhoebeC

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Also it’s about balanced diets have a banana every now and then it’s simple
 

Drummer

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or if you are a type two using diet to control - stay right away from high carb foods and remain in normal numbers.
 
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