When you find out that you or someone you love is diabetic it is a life changing moment. Keeping blood sugar in check is essential to keeping diabetes under control. One of the most important aspects to keeping your sugar under control is making smart food choices. While you want to make sure that you are getting a nice balance of fruits and vegetables as well as lean protein. There are certain foods that you can add to your diet that will help keep diabetes under control. To help out, here are ten great foods that will help you keep your diabetes in control.
Two of the best fruits: Apples and Pomegranates.
Diabetics are typically told not to eat any white foods. However, one exception is apples. They can help reduce the body’s need for insulin and they have a lot of pectin, which helps the body to detoxify. This makes apples an especially good food for diabetics.
Pomegranates are very popular in the Middle East, and they have been getting a lot of attention here in the states lately. Part of that attention is due to the fact that researchers have found that the sugar in the Pomegranates does not affect the blood sugar. Another benefit found in the study is that diabetics who drank 6oz of pomegranate juice a day for 3 months decreased their risk for atherosclerosis.
A couple of spices: Cinnamon and Garlic.
Cinnamon is another diabetic wonder food. This spice contains MHCP which gives fat cells new life, helping them respond to insulin and help get rid of the glucose in the blood.
Garlic is also very helpful for diabetics. This food can help keep diabetes under control by lowering blood sugar levels.
Best breakfast food: Oatmeal.
Yes, oatmeal is a carbohydrate but it is one of the best carbs you can eat, as long as you don’t get the sweetened kind. Oatmeal is high in fiber and it is slower to digest so it doesn’t raise blood sugar levels and it works better at keeping the blood sugar level constant over time.
The best vegetables: Green beans, Spinach and Broccoli.
These three vegetables all contain lots of fiber and are low in carbohydrates. They are thus very good choices for diabetics. It’s alright to have potatoes, peas and corn on occasion, but these vegetables are starchy, which means they have a lot of carbohydrates. You should eat them sparingly, while loading up on green leafy vegetables.
The must have in a diabetic diet: Protein.
When you are diabetic you should make sure that your diet is atleast 12% protein and no more then 20% protein. You should also make sure that you if you are having a bedtime snack you make sure it is a protein so that your blood sugar level remains consistent through the night.
Opt for lean protein sources such as fish, poultry, nuts, soy and lentils. These are the optimum sources of protein.
These are ten foods which every diabetic should incorporate into their diet. These foods all assist in keeping blood sugar levels under control; which means you’ll need less medication – and you’ll be reducing the risk for many of the health problems which commonly accompany diabetes.
Author: Benjamin WiseThis author has published 10 articles so far.