Diabetes patients, please stop for a moment and learn about the top ten diabetes super foods you should be aware of. Blend the top ten diabetes super foods into your diabetes diet and improve your glycemic control (control of blood glucose level) as well as your health. The super foods should be blend for individuals in such a way that it suits health requirement and also allow your traditional eating habit.
Make your own diabetic meal plan with the help of top ten diabetes super foods adding appropriate amount of the foods mentioned. The super foods are rich in nutrients such as beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, fiber, minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium etc. which may be insufficient in most typical western diet. You should think of and plan to get all your nutrients from food you eat, instead of taking supplements to cover deficiency of nutrients in diet. This hold good for non diabetic individuals as well and supplementation avoided as far as practicable.
All types of beans (kidney beans, black beans, soy beans) are full of nutrients have high fiber content and half cup of beans can provide one third the daily requirement of fiber. Half cup of beans can also provide you with protein equal to one ounce of meat, minus saturated fats of meat. Even canned beans are good, but do not forget to wash well if you are using canned beans to wash of sodium. So, do not forget to add beans to your diabetic diet plan.
Green leafy vegetables:
Spinach, kale, amaranth and other green leafy vegetables those are locally grown and available in your locality. They are full of nutrients but low in calorie and carbohydrate and you can never eat too much (how much you many be eating). Must add in diet plan.
Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C, iron, vitamin E and you can get these nutrients from tomatoes, from salad, juice or sauce.
This is good low Glycemic Index (GI) alternative to universal vegetable potato, which have high GI. .
Berries are full of fiber, vitamins and antioxidants. All berries blueberries, strawberries, blackberries are equally good.
Full of vitamin C (we all know it) and fiber. Oranges, lemons, grapefruit or other citrus fruit, add any of them and you get the nutrients.
Make sure to make whole grains (rice, whole grain wheat flour, maize etc.) your staple food. Whole grains are rich in fiber, protein, carbohydrate and minimal fat.
Nuts are rich in fiber, unsaturated fats, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber etc. Add any of the nuts, such as walnut, peanut, cashew nut, flax seeds etc.
Add yogurt in your diet for good dental and bone health.
Fish with omega-3 fatty acids:
Salmon is one of the richest sources of omega-3 fatty acids, but most common fish contain good fats and omega-3 fatty acids.
Make your own diet plan and add some of the above mentioned diabetes super foods. It is not that you should add all ten, but add these foods depending on your budget and local availability.
Source: American Diabetes Association (ADA): Diabetes Super foods