February 17, 2018

5 Best Antibiotic food for Diabetes

We all know that making health-conscious food choices is important for one’s health and wellness, even more so for those who are managing a health condition like diabetes.

While the nutrient content in food is certainly one factor to be mindful of, those with diabetes must also be aware of their glycemic index (GI) in order to properly manage their blood sugar levels. Thankfully, the following 13 foods are both nutritious and have a low GI, making them especially good eatings for those with diabetes.

1. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are part of the non-starchy fruit family, all of which have low GI scores—meaning they raise a person’s blood sugar more slowly. Additionally, a study has found that eating about 1.5 medium tomatoes per day can reduce blood pressure and “might help reduce cardiovascular risk that’s associated with type 2 diabetes,” says Healthline.com.

And, whether raw or cooked, tomatoes are a rich source of the nutrient lycopene, which the source indicates is “a powerful substance that may reduce the risk of cancer (especially prostate cancer), heart disease, and macular degeneration.”

2. Strawberries

Strawberries contain a substance called fisetin, which one study has shown to “prevent kidney and brain complications in diabetic mice,” says Mercola.com. And in human studies, it has been found that eating lots of them—along with other berries like blueberries and raspberries—lowers a person’s risk of developing diabetes.

The source adds that the high vitamin C content in strawberries has also been linked to a lowered risk of type 2 diabetes. Just one cup of them (fresh) offers 160 percent of your daily value, and with a GI score of only 41 (foods with a GI of 55 or less are considered low), you can enjoy eaten on their own, in salads, as well as blended into smoothies.

3. Citrus Fruits

Eating high-fiber foods is important for people with diabetes, as they help to control blood sugar levels. And citrus fruits—like oranges and grapefruit—offer plenty of it, provided you eat the flesh, of course, as the juice alone doesn’t offer any.

When it comes to GI scores, oranges are quite low at 40. Grapefruit, however, “has one of the lowest GI scores of all fruits,” says Healthline.com, with a score of only 25!

4. Fatty Fish

Certain species of fish are considered ‘fatty’ as they are rich sources of omega-3s. One such variety is wild salmon, whose EPA and DHA content (types of omega-3 fatty acids) have been found to “improve insulin sensitivity and reduce inflammation,” says FoodMatters.com.

Sardines are another type of fish that offer plenty of omega-3s, plus they have the added benefits of being far less expensive than wild-caught salmon, and have lower levels of mercury in them than fish like tuna. And you can feel good about adding them to your diet a few times a week, as they (and all other types of fish) aren’t on the GI at all, so eating them “won’t have much effect on your blood glucose levels,” says the University of Sydney. Try sardines straight from the can, grilled fresh, or added into salads and pasta sauces.

5. Walnuts

Due to their combination of protein, fiber, and healthy fats, walnuts make a great snack food choice for those with diabetes. According to MedicalNewsToday.com, these healthy fats “can increase good cholesterol while decreasing harmful cholesterol.”

This can reduce a person’s chances of developing heart disease or having a heart attack, two conditions that people with diabetes have a higher risk of. Additionally, the source says that people who eat a lot of nuts tend to put on less weight, which can help to lower high blood sugar levels. And, like fish, they aren’t given a GI score, as they contain little to no carbohydrates.
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