In a previous related study conducted with a team from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden researchers also found that dietary fibres from barley kernel generates an increase of the gut bacteria Prevotella copri, which have a direct regulatory effect on blood sugar levels and help decrease the proportion of a type of gut bacteria that is considered unhealthy.
Breakfast options to avoid
According to Diabetes UK, certain breakfast cereals can pose “hidden risks” for people with type 2 diabetes, as they contain free sugars. Free sugar is any sugar added to a food. Extra sugar means extra calories and eating too many calories can lead to obesity – a major risk factor associated with type 2 diabetes.
Breakfast cereals rich in free sugars include granola and cereal clusters, which, despite appearing healthy, are often full of free sugars and unhealthy fat.
As Diabetes Uk explained: “When buying cereal, the best thing to do is look at the ‘front of pack’ label, and try to go for cereal with as many green lights as possible. But also check the ingredients list, some newer versions of granola simple have nuts added in.”