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.
Generally speaking avoiding anything white is preferable when you are diabetic. Apples have been proven to be very effective in treating diabetes due to the amount of pectin they have in them. The pectin helps the body detoxify itself and get rid of many harmful toxins and it helps decrease the amount of insulin the body requires.
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 another spice that goes along way in helping diabetics keep things in check. Garlic has been shown to have a significant impact on 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.
All three of these vegetables are high in fiber and they are low in carbs. This makes them the most ideal vegetables for you. You can still enjoy the occasional potato, corn and peas but keep in mind that these vegetables are high in starch, which is a carb. So make sure that you have a nice balance but favor the less starchy veggies as often as possible.
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.
There you have ten must-have foods for diabetics. These foods will help keep your blood sugar levels at a consistent level which will help decrease the need for medication and lower your risks for other health conditions associated with diabetes.