Choosing a healthy diet for diabetics

June 9, 2012 by  
Filed under Diets for Diabetes

Diabetes can be managed, and some of the effects can even be reversed with proper diet. Eating right is key to managing diabetes. So here are 10 foods for a healthy diet for diabetics that can help minimize blood sugar and keep you feeling strong.

Vegetables – Choose a colorful variety of vegetables because they’re full of fiber and packed with nutrients.

Fruits – Also full of nutrients, low in fat and high in fiber. Moreover, fruits are loaded with antioxidants. Fruits do have more natural sugar and calories than veggies, so shoot for three to four servings per day.

Legumes – Beans are a great source of dietary fiber that will fill you and keep blood sugars from spiking after a meal.

Cereal - A healthy cereal meal is a great way to start your day with high fiber and low calories. Read the nutrition index to be sure you’re making a good choice.

Fish – Fish is a good source of protein, and fatty fish is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids.

Chicken breast – It’s low in saturated fat, low in calories and may increase insulin resistance.

Nuts – Nuts are a great source of the “good” fats that fight heart disease and have also been shown to help reduce insulin resistance.

Olive oil – When cooking, use olive oil rather than butter. It’s also a good source of  “good” fat.

Yogurt - Yogurt is high in protein and calcium – another nutrient that helps with insulin resistance.

Cinnamon – This spice is great for lowering blood sugar, and some components in cinnamon help the body use insulin more efficiently.

So there you have it! Pepper your diet with these healthy foods to manage and improve your body’s power to fight the symptoms of diabetes.

 

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