Controlling carbohydrate intake is the best way to improve diabetes control. Eating too much carbohydrates at once can cause blood sugar levels to become abruptly high, making it more difficult to control diabetes. The use of healthy low carb flour in recipes can help you enjoy your favorite foods without compromising your blood sugar levels. Here are some things to keep in mind about low carb flour.

  • Learn about the properties of healthy low carb flour. The only thing you have to keep in mind is that the varieties of flour behave differently depending on their chemical composition. Some do not fluff, as is the case with soybean meal. Others acquire a brown color more quickly than the flour you usually use. Any change in the options of your flour requires a bit of trial and error to adapt them to the recipes you like. There are some other advantages with healthy low carb flour. Many of them are less processed, which makes them higher in fiber and often more nutritious naturally.
  • Understand that to get the best results, you may have to combine different flours, or use them in combination with traditional wheat flour. Normally, coconut flour or flaxseed meal can effectively replace up to 25 percent of the flour in baking recipes, but the product tends to be dry and dense. Soybean meal can replace 15 percent of wheat flour in recipes that contain yeast, and up to 25 percent of the flour in other recipes.
  • If you need to lower the carbohydrate content of some of your recipes for unbaked products, you can use low carb flour alternatives which don’t actually contain any flour. For example, to replace breads and buns usually used to make sandwiches and hamburgers, use a lettuce leaf. You can use slices of grilled eggplant to make a low carb pizza without having to make pizza dough. Instead of making your own pasta or using commercially ready pasta with high carbohydrate wheat flour, make use of pumpkin spaghetti to decrease carbohydrate intake.


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