Diabetes Nutrition: 3 Foods to Add to Your Diet
If you have diabetes, what does healthy living mean to you? For many, healthy living is largely based on diet and nutrition. And there’s good reason for that—the food you eat has a direct impact on the success of your diabetes treatment. You’ve probably already heard about the benefits of fish and whole grains, so let’s take a look at foods beyond those typical choices.
The list below describes three foods that have been researched extensively in recent years. Some of these diabetic-friendly foods may be surprising to you, but they’re all basic, affordable options that can be added to any of your meals throughout the week.
1. BeansNavy, lima, pinto, kidney, black, or white—beans are a wonder-food for diabetics. They have just the right combination of carbohydrates, fiber, and protein to keep your glucose in-check and keep you feeling full for hours. Studies show that beans help diabetics control glycemic levels and may even lower your risk of coronary heart disease (a serious concern for diabetics).
Researchers recommend that diabetics eat at least one cup of beans per day. Use them to replace half or all of the meat in recipes like chili, fajitas, soups, or hamburgers.
2. OatmealIf you’re stuck in a breakfast cereal rut, oatmeal might be a welcome alternative for you. Unlike many breakfast cereals, oatmeal is a whole grain and it contains a hefty amount of fiber. Both of those factors have been shown to reduce the risk of diabetes by up to 42 percent! If you’ve already been diagnosed with diabetes, whole grains and fiber will help you achieve gently rising and well-controlled blood glucose levels.
The type of oatmeal you choose is important. Forgo the pre-packaged options and try steel cut oats instead. These are less processed and have a higher amount of protein than other types of oatmeal. Use oatmeal in place of breadcrumbs in recipes like meatballs or meatloaf. You can also use oatmeal in homemade breads or granola bars.
Cinnamon may be a spice, but it may prove to be just as important as many health foods. Several studies have looked into the relationship between diabetes and cinnamon supplements. One study focused on 500 milligrams of cinnamon twice per day and another looked at just 120 milligrams supplemented daily. Both levels of cinnamon proved successful for diabetics—the participants improved their A1C levels in as little as 90 days.
Researchers are still actively looking into the effects of cinnamon and how much is beneficial for diabetics. If you’re interested in trying a supplement, be sure to speak with your doctor first. In the meantime, feel free to use extra cinnamon on your food at home. The spice is wonderful in oatmeal, coffee, and even sprinkled on meat or vegetable dishes.
If you currently suffer from diabetes, or have been told by a physician that you are at risk, why not take a trip to the grocery store and pick up these three diabetic wonder-foods? Taking small steps to improve your diet now will put you back in control of your blood sugar levels and build the foundation for a healthier future.
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