It’s pretty obvious that diet plays a huge role in diabetes management. Keeping track of what you eat, when you eat it, and what happens to your blood sugar level afterwards is all part and parcel of living with diabetes.
We talked a little about this in Creating a Diabetic Nutrition Program. In particular, we want to highlight how a diabetic-friendly diet doesn’t have to be boring. There are ways to add variety in new and exciting ways to the food you eat.
Below, we’ve compiled a list of little-known low glycemic index foods that are exciting additions to any daily diet. See if any of them catch your eye, and tastebuds.
Hummus has gotten pretty popular lately. And with trends like the Mediterranean diet on the rise, you can expect to see more of it. Luckily, it’s a pretty good food for a diabetic diet— not only does it rank low on the glycemic index, Health.com notes that it might even be able to offset blood sugar spikes.
Chickpeas,which are the main ingredients in hummus, are also packed with antioxidants and healthy protein, which is great news for any kind of diet.
Peanuts are a popular choice for a snack or topping, and one look at the benefits will explain why. According to WebMD, peanuts prevent heart disease through lowering cholesterol levels and preventing blood clots from forming. They also have a lot of protein, which makes you feel more full for longer and reduces the chances of weight gain and blood sugar spikes.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a common foodstuff found in many homes all over the world. Making it is simple and easy, and it can trace its history back almost thousands of years. It’s also really good for people living with diabetes— research has found that drinking diluted ACV can help lower blood sugar levels.
Taking too much vinegar might open you up to other problems, however, which is why Brightcore recommends taking ACV gummies if you’re planning to integrate apple cider vinegar into your diet. ACV gummies are less acidic than the liquid version, and can come with other nutrients and health benefits as well.
Soybeans are a popular ingredient for people who want a healthier diet. Whether you’re looking for a low-calorie alternative, are vegetarian or vegan, or want to manage your blood sugar levels, soybeans are probably on the menu.
Verywell Health reports that soybeans can help lower cholesterol levels, reduce the risk of certain kinds of cancer, and of course, help lower blood sugar levels. It’s also an important source of calcium, magnesium, and healthy fats like omega-6 and omega-3.
Finally, last on our list is yogurt. Yogurt has been lauded as a powerful health food for years. Well + Good lists out five of yogurt’s benefits, including its high amount of protein and healthy fats, calcium content, heart and gut-healthy probiotics, and of course, its ability to help reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes. Eating plain yogurt can help reduce the risk of large blood sugar swings, which in turn helps you manage your health better.
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