5 amazing superfoods for diabetes

5 amazing superfoods for diabetes

We have 5 amazing superfoods for diabetes that will keep your blood sugar regulated and will put you on track to health.

Diabetes is a group of metabolic diseases in which a person has high blood sugar, either because the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, or because cells do not respond to the insulin that is produced. If you are diabetic, it means that there is an excessive amount of glucose (sugar) in your blood.

According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA): “25.8 million children and adults in the United States 8.3% of the population have diabetes.” If you have diabetes you should make sure to avoid foods that are high in sugar.

Let’s take a look at these 5 amazing superfoods for diabetes.

Avocados:
Avocados are a powerful super fruit for diabetes. They are high in fiber, water, and monounsaturated fats. These ingredients are all helpful in lowering blood sugar and removing acids from the body. Avocados are known to help prevent cataracts and macular degeneration, which are a few of the complications of diabetes. The vitamin E in avocados helps keep blood vessels healthy.

Beans:
One of the most important things to avoid when dealing with diabetes is carbohydrates. According to ADA: “If you eat more carbohydrate than usual, you can expect your blood glucose levels to be higher than usual. Likewise, if you eat less, you can expect your blood glucose levels to be lower.” Beans are low in carbs, and because of their high fiber, they regulate insulin and reduce blood sugar.

Chia seeds:
Chia seeds are packed with nutrition, including antioxidants, healthy fats, fiber, magnesium, zinc, iron, and calcium. Especially important is the high fiber content. Just one ounce provides an impressive 10 grams of dietary fiber.

Cinnamon:
Cinnamon has the ability to control blood sugar. A study published American Journal of Clinical Nutrition confirmed that cinnamon sped up the emptying of the stomach, resulting is lower blood sugar after eating. Cinnamon has also shown benefits of persons with type 2 diabetes, by improving insulin response, therefore regulating blood sugar.

Fish:
According to the American Diabetes Association: Eat 2 to 3 servings per day. More studies link the consumption of fish rich in omega-3s and lowering the risk of diabetes. While we lack clear proof that diets high in marine omega-3s can prevent or treat diabetes, there is some animal evidence that omega-3s help control blood sugar and ample evidence that omega-3s reduce risk factors for the heart disease that often develops in response to chronic diabetes. And it’s a fact that people who eat a lot of fish—like the Japanese enjoy lower rates of diabetes.

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REFERENCES:
1. “9 Diabetes Superfoods and How to Prepare Them.” Medical News Today. MediLexicon International, n.d. Web. 27 Aug. 2016.
2. “Statistics About Diabetes.” American Diabetes Association. American Diabetes Association, n.d. Web. 27 Aug. 2016.
3. “Effects of Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation on Glucose Control and Lipid Levels in Type 2 Diabetes: A Meta-Analysis.” PLoS ONE. Public Library of Science, 2015. Web. 27 Aug. 2016.

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