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The Vegan Diet How-To Guide for Diabetes

Step 3. Low Glycemic Index

The glycemic index identifies foods that increase blood sugar rapidly and allows you to favor foods that have much less effect on blood sugar.

High-glycemic-index foods include sugar itself, white potatoes, most wheat flour products, and most cold cereals.

One surprise is pasta. Because of the way it is processed, pasta (spaghetti, etc.) actually has a low glycemic index. 

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Red Light:
White & wheat bread, most dry cereals, baking potatoes, watermelon, pineapple

Yellow Light:
All-Bran, Grape-nuts, brown rice, couscous

Green Light:
Pumpernickel, rye, barley, oats, pasta, sweet potatoes, beans, lentils, vegetables, most fruits



Step 1: A Vegan Diet: Avoiding Animal Products

Step 2: Avoiding Added Vegetable Oils

Step 3: Low Glycemic Index

Step 4: Go High-Fiber

Step 5: Volumetrics

Step 6: Focus on the New Four Food Groups

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