A bowl of cornflakes every morning is very tempting which got more hyped with various marketing gimmicks but in reality this may not hold good for diabetics according to latest reports. Cornflakes made up of corn, malt flavouring, sugar, and high fructose corn syrup contribute zero nutrients, cause obesity, and increase Glycemic Index (GI) all of which are an absolute no-no for all types of diabetic patients.
GI measures how quickly foods with carbohydrates raise blood glucose levels and cornflakes have a GI of 82 which is reasonably high. High GI foods cause sugar spikes in blood which is quite dangerous. Hence, diabetics must have food with low GI as they are easier on the body, digested more slowly and minimize spikes after meals.
Moreover, cornflakes are low in protein and 1 cup of this cereal comprises of only 1.7 gm of protein which is not adequate for diabetic patients who should take protein-dense foods which increase insulin secretion.
Cornflakes though touted to be low on fat are high on sugar content help build up fat storage. As a result, consumption of this processed food paves way for many health problems such as obesity, poor cardiac health, PCOD which prove to be too damaging for diabetics.
Even due to low score on nutritional scale, high on GI scale, consumption of cornflakes poses a threat to non-diabetics also as it enhances the risk of type 2 diabetes among them. Also the cornflakes are not capable of keeping hunger pangs at bay, though they may satiate instantly, resulting in irritability in mood, and triggering weight gain.
There are many other supplements to replace cornflakes which provide rich proteins such as rolled oatmeal, steel-cut-oatmeal, and rolled bran. Nuts, berries, apples, walnuts, almonds, unsweetened soy milk, skim milk, almond milk can be added for extra protein and to add taste and texture. But keep in mind that the first meal of the day is balanced with food that has enough protein, carbohydrates, healthy fats, fiber, and nutrients to help maintain GI at desired and healthy levels.