5 Delicious Foods That Help Control Blood Sugar

July 27, 2015 at 7:00 am Leave a comment

If you are dealing with type 2 diabetes and are struggling to find delicious, healthy foods to enjoy, you may need some guidance. Fortunately, there are foods out there that work to control blood sugar. The five foods listed below will all help keep your blood sugar in control without requiring you to sacrifice taste. However, be sure to enjoy these foods in moderation; portion control is key.

1. Berries

Even though berries contain sugar, they also contain essential nutrients like antioxidants, vitamins and fiber. Compared with other fruits, berries tend to be lower in sugar and can be included in a diet for people with diabetes in moderation. Pair the fruits with other healthy foods like fat-free yogurt for a nutrient boost.

2. Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate may be a sweet treat, but its lower sugar content makes it a safe choice when compared with milk chocolate. The flavonoids in dark chocolate are able to help regulate insulin production, so the sweet treat is ideal for people with diabetes who miss having candy. Not only is dark chocolate beneficial for insulin regulation, but it can also help suppress your appetite and reduce cravings.

3. Citrus Fruit

A grapefruit in the morning or a small glass of 100 percent orange juice can help those with diabetes get enough fiber in their diets while offering a healthy dose of vitamin C. Be cautious when adding citrus to your diet; adding sugar to citrus fruits negates its positive effects, and juice could contain added sugar. Be sure to read labels before purchasing any fruit juice to ensure that it only contains fruit juice and water. A splash of lemon or lime juice in a recipe can also give people with diabetes the nutritional boost that citrus fruit offers while enhancing the flavor of a dish.

4. Sweet Potatoes

Including sweet potatoes in a healthy diet can reduce fasting blood sugar, and the vegetable offers a healthy dose of antioxidants. The high amounts of vitamin A and fiber that can be found in sweet potatoes also make them a healthy alternative to white potatoes for people with diabetes who are trying to overhaul their diet.

5. Melon

Another sweet food that can be enjoyed in moderation, melon offers antioxidants and a healthy dose of vitamin C. High levels of vitamin A in melon protect eye health, and the water content of melon makes it low in calories.

Now that you know five foods that will help you keep your blood sugar in control, you can use them as ingredients in new recipes or favorite standbys to keep your meals and snacks interesting.

Sources: 

http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/what-can-i-eat

http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/what-can-i-eat/making-healthy-food-choices/diabetes-superfoods.html

http://www.rd.com/slideshows/10-diabetes-super-foods/http://www.webmd.com/diabetes/diabetic-food-list-best-worst-foods

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Entry filed under: Diabetes, Diet/Nutrition, Health.

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