5 reasons why diabetics must add guava to their diet
- Guava contains high concentration of lycopene.
- Its high dietary fiber content relieves constipation.
- It improves circulation of blood in body.
Whatever a diabetic puts in his stomach decides the progression of the condition. Diabetics no more need to worry before eating healthy fruits, particularly guava which is a store house of amazing health benefits. Apart from a low Glycemic Index, they have several other health benefits to offer too.
It is the glycemic index that measures the degree of how fast a carbohydrate is digested and released as glucose into the bloodstream. Shooting up of glucose level leads to rise in blood sugar levels and release of insulin in the body. When excessive amount of insulin is released in the body, sugar gets stored in the form of fat and there is an increase in cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure levels.
So, now that you know about the dangers, here is how you can counter them by eating guava.
Higher concentration of lycopene
Guava contains higher amount of lycopene, an antioxidant that can combat prostate cancer, than any other plant food.
Reduces sugar absorption
If diabetics eat guava without removing its skin, it can reduce sugar absorption in blood, says a study by I-Shou University.
Diabetics often complain about constipation and guava can ease their bowel movement. Its high dietary fiber content not only eases constipation, but it also lowers chances of developing type 2 diabetes.
Improves blood circulation
Eating guava can enhance blood circulation in the body, which boosts functioning of brain. Besides, its high potassium content can regulate blood pressure.
Prevents cell damage
Guava is a rich source of the antioxidant vitamin C, which prevents cell damage and lowers risk of cancer.
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Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team Nov 24, 2017
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