Have you been diagnosed positive for diabetes? But that, however, doesn’t mean that you have to give on foods and need to eat just green at all times. It gets a tad difficult figuring out what to eat and what not to eat because there are usually a lot of restrictions. It gets somewhat disheartening when we get diagnosed with diabetes and the doctor puts out a list of our favorite foods that we will not be able to eat.
Rather than whining about what we can’t eat, let’s focus on what we can eat and reverse our condition for the better. Here are some best foods for diabetic patients. Let’s take a look.
It has been an age-old belief that you have to give up on carbohydrates if you are diabetic. But modern medical research says that it is a myth. Our body needs carbohydrates for energy, but we need to choose food on our plate wisely. Here’s what we can eat for an adequate supply of carbohydrates –
- Oats, brown rice, quinoa or millet
- Baked sweet potato
- Whole grain foods
White rice, refined flour, sugar, white bread, tortillas, and French fries should be completely avoided.
We all know that green vegetables are very nutritious and low in calories too. They are a very rich source of essential vitamins like Vitamin C and minerals. Vitamin C intake helps to reduce the blood sugar levels in patients with type 2 diabetes. The antioxidant content in green vegetables also protects your vision and prevents cataracts that are common diabetes symptoms and health complications. Prefer dark colored veggies –
- Dark green (kale, spinach, and other veggies)
- Purple (Eggplant)
- Red and oranges (carrots, red bell peppers)
You should completely avoid canned vegetables or if they are cooked with butter, cheese and sauce or pickles. All these are the worst forms of eating vegetables.
Including protein in your diet is a great way to get a supply of all the essential nutrients. If you are a non-vegetarian you have nothing to worry about as there is hardly any restriction on meat and fish. Here’s what you can eat –
- Fish and seafood like salmon, tuna, mackerel and sardines
- Chicken and other poultry
- Eggs and low-fat dairy
- Nuts, beans, seeds, and tofu
When you are having meat, avoid the fat. You can trim off the skin from chicken. You must also avoid fried and smoked meat, bacon, deep fried fish or fried tofu.
4. Broccoli and Brussel sprouts
Vegetables like broccoli, Brussel sprouts, kale, and cauliflower have a compound sulforaphane. It controls blood sugar levels and protects blood vessels that can be damaged due to diabetes. These veggies are also rich in Vitamin C and iron with low-calorie content.
This delicious spice has proved that it can improve insulin sensitivity while stabilizing blood sugar levels. You can add just 1/4th teaspoon of cinnamon every day is your diet to control blood sugar. Add a pinch of cinnamon powder to your yogurt, smoothie, oatmeal or coffee for a twist in flavoring. Since it has a tinge of natural sweetness in it, you can as well avoid the sugar and salt in your food.
If you have a high blood sugar, it does not mean that you have to compromise on your diet. You can have the best of foods while keeping your insulin levels at check.