If there is anything that can help a diabetic manage diabetes the best, it is eating right. And, the road to a healthful diet for a diabetic is plateful of safe foods.
Take a look at these safest food options for diabetics.
Vegetables are a powerhouse of nutrients, are low in calories and full of fibre. Making it a priority to stuff your platter with vegetables automatically implies that you are eating only fewer saturated fats that increase insulin resistance and simple carbohydrates that raise the blood sugar levels.
Fruits are packed with the same advantages as vegetables. Fruits are low in fat, high in fibre and low in calories than any other foods. Fruits are loaded with antioxidants that help in protecting the nerves, heart and eyes. Considering that fruits have more natural sugar and calories than most other vegetables, you cannot eat it in abundance. Aim to eat only three or four servings of fruits per day. Prefer a whole fruit instead of juice.
Beans are the best sources of fibre for diabetics. These not only make one feel full for long, but also help in slowing the digestion and keeping blood sugar levels from spiking post meals. Try to put beans in every salad that you make. Some of the best beans include black bean, lentil soup and split pea.
Choose a cereal that is at least 5 grams per serving. Some of the best choices of cereals include Kashi GoLean Crunch, general Mills Multi-Bran Chex, Kellogg’s Raisin Bran, etc. Top your cereal with fruits.
Not only is fish fast and easy to prepare, it is a great source of protein and can act as a good substitute for higher-fat meat. Fatty fish is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which help in keeping the arteries clean. Omega-3 fatty acids can help improve levels of triglycerides and HDL. Diabetics must eat fish at least twice per week.
Nuts are filled with good fats that help fight heart diseases. The fats that are present in nuts help in reducing insulin resistance and make it easier in managing or controlling blood sugar levels. Nuts are also great sources of vitamin E, which protects the cells and helps prevent eye and nerve damage. They help regulate blood sugar as they are dense with magnesium and fibre.
Olive oil is considered a good fat that helps manage blood sugar levels by reducing the insulin resistance. Toss butter and cook food with olive oil.
A diabetic must ensure that he/she eat a mdoerate amount of these foods on a daily basis and keep exercising a top priority for a healthy life.
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