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Good Food Choices for Diabetics

by Kimberly Hays July 3rd, 2013 | Health Observance, Nutrition
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tomatoFoods that are beneficial to diabetics are actually good for everyone, so it will make it easier to incorporate them into meals for the whole family. These foods are high in fiber, vitamins, and nutrients. They are also very flavorful. These foods are also beneficial in keeping blood glucose levels in check. When glucose levels are high, damage can be severe to the body; in particular, the eyes, kidneys, and the nervous system are at high risk of damage. Incorporating the following foods into your diet will help to keep your blood sugar levels controlled and protect your body from damage that can be caused by diabetes.

Whole Grains – Aside from being a great source of fiber, iron, and vitamin E, whole grains are also known to be a powerful antioxidant. Eating whole grains regulate digestion and blood sugar. Some good choices are cereals, air-popped popcorn, wild rice, oats, and quinoa.

Bitter Melon – Though this is not a popular food in the United States, it has been used in Asian countries for centuries both as a food and as a diabetes treatment. Bitter melon is extremely bitter, as the name suggests, and may take a while to get used to. Its juice has been proven lower blood sugar levels, so be sure to consult your doctor if you are on a diabetes medication. The combination may cause your blood sugar to dip too low if also using the juice.

Broccoli – In a research study by the U.K. National Health Service it was shown that broccoli was found to contain high levels of sulforaphane which is a compound that can help reverse the heart and blood vessel damage caused by diabetes. You can get this compound in both raw and cooked broccoli.

Tree Nuts – Nuts, especially almonds, cashews, and walnuts are a great heart healthy snack, but they also improve glycemic control, especially in those with type 2 diabetes. The vitamin E contained in these nuts also protects the eyes from damage, and they also contain magnesium that helps to regulate blood sugar levels.

Tomatoes – Fresh tomatoes are a great source of lycopene, which is a mighty antioxidant. It has anti-inflammatory powers, and offers cardiovascular protection. For diabetics, it is important to check the labels of processed tomatoes to be sure that there is not a lot of sugar and sodium, but your best bet would be to buy fresh tomatoes to add to your dishes to reap the benefits.

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