Are Pretzels Good For Diabetics?

Have you been wondering if pretzels are a good snack for diabetics? It’s common knowledge that many packaged snacks are loaded with white flour, sugar, sodium and preservatives that interfere with glucose control. We heartily recommend Unique Pretzels Sprouted “Splits” and Sprouted Shells that are made with authentically healthy sprouted whole grains.

Unique Pretzel Bakery was founded in Reading, Pennsylvania during the late 1890s, and the family-owned business has continued to grow for 120 years.  Our most famous product is Unique Pretzel “Splits”, a split-open pretzel which was accidentally invented when the dough was left to set too long and split open during baking.

Are pretzels a healthy snack?

Although pretzels have a reputation as a healthy snack, many brands are made from refined white flour, yeast, salt and some kind of oil or other fat. The fact that they are baked will save some calories, but anything made with white flour acts like sugar as the body digests it. Diabetics should opt for snacks made from whole grains instead. They are richer in fiber and usually cause a slower rise in blood sugar.

We make our Sprouted “Splits” and Sprouted Shells with 100% organic sprouted whole grain flour from Essential Eating® Sprouted Foods, and they are the only mass-produced sprouted flour pretzel snacks.

What are sprouted grains?

Sprouted whole grains provide the body with many nutrients that are vital for good health. How can they be so nutritious? The nutrients are naturally present in the germ, the fibrous bran and the starchy endosperm of 100% whole grains.

Unfortunately, most grains we eat today have been processed to remove the germ and bran in order to make the grain softer and finer and improve the shelf life of the products. These “refined” grains have lost most of their fiber, iron, and B vitamins. Even though they often “enriched” afterward with nutrients lost during processing, the important parts of the healthy whole grain are still missing.

When properly milled into flour instead of using a wet-milled paste or “mash”, sprouted whole grains begin to turn into plants, and the USDA classifies them as vegetables. The starch molecules (which our bodies may otherwise store as fat) are converted to simple sugars that can be more easily absorbed and used for energy. The sprouting process also makes other nutrients, such as proteins, vitamins, and minerals, more available.

Here are some of the other health benefits of our 100% whole grain sprouted pretzels, particularly for people who have diabetes or are working to prevent it:

  • Sugar-free
  • Trans-fat free
  • Cholesterol-free
  • Lactose-free
  • High in fiber
  • Heart-healthy
  • Kosher
  • Vegan

The ingredients in our pretzels are GMO-free, organic, and contain no added sugars, flavors, malts, colors, additives or preservatives. Just enough sea salt is added to give them a pleasant crunch and delicious flavor. And our sprouted pretzels are the first to be made with organic extra virgin olive oil, a healthier oil.

Another benefit for diabetics of eating sprouted whole grain pretzels is the fiber. Fiber, particularly soluble fiber, can improve blood sugar levels. The inclusion of insoluble fiber (such as from fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains) in the diet may also lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Overdoing it on fried snacks, such as French fries, potato chips and doughnuts, can wreak havoc on blood sugar because they are carbohydrate-heavy. They are also full of unhealthy trans fats, having been deep-fried in hydrogenated oils, which can raise bad cholesterol and increase the risk of heart disease. Opt for packaged snacks, like our sprouted grain pretzels, with zero grams of trans fat and no partially hydrogenated oils (a major source of trans fats) on the ingredient list.

Pretzels can be a good snack for diabetics as long as you make the right choices. Sprouted “Splits” and Sprouted Shells from Unique Pretzels are available from our online store and can be found on the shelves of your local Wegmans, Fresh Market, Whole Foods and Giant stores.

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