Having a member of the family who suffers from diabetes is very hard. You should always take control of the member’s eating habit and lifestyle. And if you are one of those who suffers from this, an important part of managing your condition is to eat a healthy and balanced diet. Always try to understand food labels and cook healthier meals.
If you have diabetes, it is always good to know how the food you consume affects your blood sugar. “Healthy eating is always the cornerstone of healthy living.” Not all green foods are healthy for you. Consider the nutrient content and the glycemic index of food before consuming. Here’s a tip: foods that are both nutritious and have low GI are helpful in managing your diabetes health and maintaining your blood glucose levels.
Here are the super foods you can enjoy:
- Non-starchy Vegetables
Non-starchy vegetables are low in calories and carbohydrates making it one of the few foods people with diabetes can always enjoy eating. Also, non-starchy vegetables have fewer carbohydrates per serving. Some of the most popular non-starchy vegetables are artichokes, asparagus, broccoli and beets. This category of vegetables should always be included on your meal. Don’t forget to add it on your insulated bag to satisfy your hunger and to boost your intake of vitamins and minerals.
Tomatoes whether raw or cooked are rich source of lycopene. Lycopene is a powerful substance that reduces the risk of heart disease. A study found out that 200 grams of raw tomato each day reduced blood pressure.
Berries, particularly blueberries are antioxidant powerhouses. They are the one of the greatest source of antioxidants thus reducing the risks of heart disease and cancer. Some of the excellent sources of antioxidants include strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries.
- Oranges and Other Citrus
Studies have shown that eating citrus fruits can lower the risk of diabetes however, drinking the juice can increase the risk. The pulpiness of the oranges is a great source of fiber. Make it a habit to eat the whole fruit rather than the juice to maximize the consumption of fiber in your system.
- Kale and Other Leafy Vegetables
Kale is considered as one the world’s healthiest food. It is also recognized as one of the provider of comprehensive support for the body’s detoxification system. Potassium is one of the nutrients present on kale that has been shown to manage the blood sugar. Another reason to include it on your diet.
- Whole Grains
Eating whole grains help reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. The presence of antioxidants and soluble and insoluble fiber on whole grains helps metabolize fats thus keeping the digestive track healthy. Grains also keep the blood sugar level stable. Lentils are also good options for they provide rich source of B vitamins, iron, complex carbohydrates and protein.
Prevention is always better than cure. Adopting a healthy lifestyle that can prevent the onset of this disease is critical to managing diabetes.