It sounds like you have already made some good choices; an A1C drop of 2.6 points is huge! Congratulations!
Keep in mind that the A1C measurement, generally represents the previous 3 months. But if you made changes just in the last month it may show up in the new lab work. The 3rd month is “weighed” more heavily in the final A1C result, than the first month.
Whole corn in considered a “starchy” vegetable and can be eaten in small amounts as part of a healthy meal. The ultra-refined forms of corn (corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, corn starch) may be contributing to poor blood sugar control. It is good that you are willing to do some home cooking; the corn ingredients listed above are frequently found in fast foods and processed foods. Processed foods include items that are already prepared or partially prepared and seasoned at the factory.
Chinese food is high in corn starch and corn based sweeteners so if you get take-out, just ask for very little sauce. You can also drain excess sauce in a colander when you get home.
Corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup add sweetness to foods and are often added to processed foods that normally would not contain sweeteners when made at home. So you can make the same foods at home, but without the addition of the corn products.
Corn starch is often used to thicken foods. You can thicken home foods such as soups, stews and sauces by cooking without a lid to reduce the water content. For example, if your sauce needs to be a little thicker, cook without a lid for the last 5-10 minutes, or until the desired thickness is reached. Or you can thicken a food by pureeing some of the ingredients. For example if you make chicken soup, puree of scoop of the soup (with broth and vegetables, etc.) and then add this back to the pot for a nice creamy effect.
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