In our previous article, we have presented the importance of beans, fish, oatmeal, almonds, bitter melon and huckleberries in a diabetes food plan. Here are 6 more foods that help control blood sugar.
High-quality carbs and protein are naturally found in low-fat yogurt, thus making it a great food to prevent or slow a rise in blood sugar. The studies confirm what was previously believed – a diet high in calcium from yogurt and other calcium-rich foods is related with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. Just make sure you chose low-fat or nonfat yogurt. Greek yogurt is a top pick as it contains twice the amount of protein when compared to regular nonfat yogurt.
2. Non-starchy Vegetables
Non-starchy vegetables (such as spinach, broccoli, peppers and mushrooms) contain fiber, vitamins and minerals, and make a very good source of high-quality carbs. These nutrient-packed vegetables have little effect on blood sugar, thus being of great importance in a diabetes food plan. Non-starchy vegetables are a food group that you can eat as much as you like.
3. Egg Whites
Egg whites are a healthy choice for preventing or controlling type 2 diabetes. Egg whites are low in carbs and rich in high-quality lean protein. One large egg white contains 4g of high-quality protein and 16 calories, so they are perfect food to control blood sugar and support weigh-loss.
Avocado is high in monounsaturated fats, which are regarded to be among the healthiest of fats. Researchers have discovered that a diet low in low–quality carbs and high in monounsaturated fats may improve insulin sensitivity. Monounsaturated fats can improve heart health, and that is an important benefit since diabetics are at an increased risk for stroke and heart disease. Replace the mayonnaise in your sandwiches with a few thin slices of avocado, or mash a ripe avocado with diced tomato, cilantro and lime juice to get a delicious guacamole dip.
Cinnamon is a spice that has many health benefits. A teaspoon of cinnamon has more antioxidants than half a cup of blueberries. Cinnamon helps reduce the impact of a sudden rise in blood sugar when you’re consuming carbohydrate-rich meals. That is great since blood sugar raises levels of insulin and insulin-like growth factors and the risk of heart disease and diabetes alike. You can use 2 to 4 teaspoons to see an impact on blood sugar levels. Cinnamon is included in supplements such as GlucoHealth, which helps control blood sugar levels.
6. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera juice is recommended as a natural way to stabilize blood sugar, boost circulation, increase blood oxygenation and lower cholesterol. Aloe has been linked with decreased blood lipids (fats) in patients with high levels of lipids in their blood. It can also help decrease swelling and support faster healing of leg wounds and ulcers – common complications of diabetes. Recent evidence supports the fact that aloe vera can lower both blood sugar and cholesterol. Aloe Vera is an ingredient in supplements like GlyceMate, which is a great way to regulate blood sugar.