It's Friday night and we're watching some movies and I'm indulging in one of my favorite "higher carb" treats: blue corn chips and red pepper hummus dip. I wanted to jump online and share with my blog readers why diabetics should always choose blue corn chips over yellow corn chips and white corn chips.
Blue corn chips are much healthier than yellow or white corn chips, especially for type 2 diabetics. This is true for a number of reasons.
First, blue corn chips contain about 20% more protein than their yellow and white counterparts. This means they have less carb and a significantly lower glycemic index. Therefore, blue corn chips do not raise blood sugar as much as other corn chips - eating more protein naturally lowers blood sugar. This of course does not mean you should eat the whole bag but if you are going to indulge in corn chips, choose the blue variety!
Another issue with yellow corn is that such a high percentage of all yellow corn now is genetically modified (between 70% - 90%!!!), and in fact, if you are buying processed foods like chips, then it is closer to 100% genetically modified, aka GMO. However, so far (knock on wood it stays this way) there is no GMO blue corn varieties (really hope they keep it that way). Even if you buy organic yellow corn or organic white corn which by law must not contain GMO foods (in the US), studies have shown that a tiny fraction of these organic crops have now been contaminated with the GMO corn (it mixes in the field - some organic fields that have been tested show as much as 1% GMO!!). Therefore, blue corn is literally the only way to know for sure you are getting zero genetically modified corn. Although we don't have many research studies yet on the effects of GMO, early studies indicate that GMO corn causes insulin resistance and infections. Diabetics should definitely stay away from genetically modified foods (I plan to post more about GMO foods later).
Now, here's the most important reason...
It seems that some people think that blue corn chips are dyed blue but the blue color actually comes from a very healthy antioxidant called anthocyanin (a member of the flavonoid family - and another topic I plan to write more about). Anthocyanin is very well known to strengthen the walls of capillaries and microcapillaries. This makes anthocyanin extremely important to diabetics since high blood sugar damages the tiny blood vessels in the eyes causing retinopathy which can lead to blindness. High blood sugar also damages the smaller vessels in the legs and feet which can lead to very poor circulation and amputation of the extremities. Anthocyanin helps diabetics avoid these particular complications so prevalent in diabetics.
Of course, other foods such as berries like blueberries and blackberries that contain very high levels of anthocyanin are even healthier than blue corn chips, but when you do decide to indulge and eat corn chips, blue corn chips are the healthiest choice. Be sure to get chips that are either baked or cooked in a healthy oil too (remember, canola oil is NOT healthy and in fact is harmful) such as a nut or seed oil. Above all, avoid chips that contain oils that are hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated on the food label because they contain trans fat.
I just can't emphasize enough how important it is for diabetics to have all the information needed to reverse their diabetes laid out for them in a well-organized way - and including the latest scientific research on the subject. Searching around the internet is fine (except there is a lot of incorrect info floating around) and I'm glad you found my blog but I highly recommend you visit this site and watch the video in its entirety. It is the same information that I used to reverse my diabetes and if can see that I have cured my diabetes and my HbA1C tests all come normal now.