These Foods Can Help Manage Diabetes

Four Superfoods For Diabetes

Metabolic syndrome sufferers and those not suffering from diabetes are less susceptible to suffering a second stroke than those with diabetes, a new study confirms.

If you have diabetes or pre-diabetes, there are simple dietary changes you can make that will help control your blood sugar level (glucose). As you probably know, if your blood glucose isn't kept in check, it can lead to chronic complications like nerve, kidney and heart damage.  Making healthy food choices will help manage your blood glucose level and keep your weight down. Here are five super foods to bring to your plate.

BEANS These are about the absolute best source of food fiber. Beans will not only help make you feel fuller for a long after your meal is over, but they actually slow digestion and keep blood sugar from spiking after you eat. Plus, they can even lower overall blood sugar levels. Simple to prepare canned beans are a good option. You can also toss canned beans into every salad you make.

FRUIT Choose fruit instead of sweet processed snacks.  Fruit are low in calories and fat, packed with nutrients, high in fiber and loaded with antioxidants that can protect your nerves, heart – even your eyes. Opt for fresh fruit rather than canned fruit, which is often soaked in sugary syrups. Also avoid juice. Nutrients and a lot of the fiber are found in the skin, flesh, and seeds of fruit, which are lost during juicing, although more of the calories and sugar remain.

CEREAL The right breakfast cereal with at least 5 grams of fiber per serving (check labels!) is a great way to get more fiber into your day. Plus, studies show that people who start the morning with a high-fiber cereal actually eat less later on.  FISH Not only is fish a good source of protein, it’s also a terrific substitute for higher-fat meats. Opt for fatty fish that have the best source of omega-3 fatty acids (salmon, mackerel, and tuna) and help keep arteries clear. People with diabetes often have high triglycerides and low levels of HDL, the 'good' cholesterol. Omega-3 fatty acids can improve both numbers. Aim to eat fish at least twice a week.  Don’t choose fried fish, though! Researchers investigating the effects of how fish is cooked concluded that frying it increases the heart attack risk to diners by almost 50 per cent.  
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