Is Vermicelli Good or Bad For Diabetes
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Hello, I’m Ty Mason from TheDiabetesCouncil.com, researcher, writer and I have type 2 diabetes. Today I’m going to answer the question, is vermicelli good for diabetes. But before we get into that, make sure you download my free diabetes management book which also includes a diabetes grocery shopping guide (foods to eat and avoid).
When I tell you what vermicelli means in Italian, you might rethink whether or not you will eat it. Are you ready? It means, “little worms.”
Depending on where you live, vermicelli is either slightly bigger or slightly smaller than its cousin, spaghetti. In Italy, its bigger, in the United States, it’s smaller. Both fall into the long pasta category.
Let’s be exactly sure what we are talking about before we go into whether or not vermicelli is good for diabetes. There is a Chinese product called rice vermicelli. These long, thin noodles are sometimes referred to as rice noodles. We may cover that another time, but today we are discussing the pasta.
Also, we must understand that when talking about pastas, the names are just the shape of the pasta not a different type of recipe. There are over 350 types of pasta but for the most part they all contain the basic core recipe.
But is vermicelli good for those with diabetes? Well, once again we must visit our old enemy the carbohydrate. And we must look at the GI and GL. Of course, vermicelli is thought to be better for your diet because it is thinner. Well, you know as well as I do, if something is smaller, we just eat more of it to make up the space on our plate.
The GI of vermicelli is lower than that of some pasta at 35, which is on the low side. The GL of vermicelli however is 17 which falls into the moderate range. So this would mean pasta would be a good choice, but in moderation.
Is vermicelli good for diabetes? Well, it all comes down to portion and the sauce you choose to eat it with. A heavy cream sauce like alfredo would not be good. But a light tomato based sauce would be good in moderation. Moderation is the key to most foods consumed by anyone, not just those with diabetes.
I hope this answered your question is vermicelli good or bad for diabetes. Don’t forget to get your diabetes management book.
Let me know if you have any other diabetes related questions.