8 Superfoods for Diabetics

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It's a delicate balance—making smart food choices to control your blood glucose levels, while keeping the fun in food.

A diet rich in the following fruits, veggies, spices, and meats will lower your need for diabetes medication and help you avoid complications such as nerve damage and kidney disease.

Beans

Beans are loaded with dietary fiber; high-fiber foods break down more slowly in the bloodstream and help to stabilize your blood sugar. Black, lima, and pinto beans are the best choices, advises the American Diabetes Association.

Cinnamon

This spice is everything nice when it comes to fighting diabetes and it helps make food tasty. It increases your body's sensitivity to insulin so that glucose can enter cells. Just half a teaspoon of cinnamon can lower blood sugar levels significantly.

Fatty Fish

Seafood such as salmon, trout, herring, albacore tuna, and mackerel are packed with omega-3 fatty acids. These essential fatty acids help to lower triglycerides and bad cholesterol levels, which are often high in people who have diabetes.

Figs

Figs are packed with fiber, so they do a great job at helping to control your blood sugar levels. Studies suggest that fig leaf supplements can also lower blood sugar levels, which boosts this fruit's reputation as a super diabetic food.

Green Leafy Vegetables

Veggies such as kale, spinach, and Swiss chard may not win taste contests, but they're definitely high on the diabetic food list. They're packed with magnesium, which helps to control blood sugar levels.

Green Tea

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, this antioxidant-rich beverage has been used traditionally to control blood sugar. Green tea extract powder may also lower A1C levels if you have prediabetes.

Potatoes

Potato peel is packed with fiber so keep the skin on when you're cooking them to aid diabetes management. Research shows that blood sugar levels in rats were significantly reduced when potato peel was added to their diet.

Soy

The Harvard University School of Public Health found that soy protein and soy nuts can improve insulin sensitivity, and lower bad cholesterol.



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