Diabetes Superfoods: Best Foods For Healthy Diabetes Control

Superfoods to help prevent or treat type one or type two diabetes. Foods low on glycemic index or GI that promote healthy blood sugar/glucose & insulin levels.

Diabetes superfoods have nutrients necessary for good diabetes management. These include fiber, potassium, healthy fats, magnesium as well as a number of antioxidants. Those with multiple health conditions, which include diabetes, should closely monitor blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol levels. All nutrients in these foods promote excellent health and can prevent serious complications of Diabetes, like stroke and heart attacks.

Foods on the list have a low (GI) glycemic index and provide key nutrients which are lacking in the typical western diet. These include fiber, calcium, potassium, Vitamin A, magnesium, and vitamins C, and E.

The American Diabetes Association recommends including these superfoods in your meal plan:

beans-fiber-protein Beans – Kidney, lima, pinto, navy or black beans are all excellent sources of protein. Just one-half cup gives you nearly one-third of your daily fiber requirement. Beans are also are excellent sources of both magnesium and potassium. These are important nutrients for those with diabetes. Although considered starchy vegetables, a one-half cup includes as much protein as one ounce of meat. However, it does not contain saturated fat. Canned beans allow you to save time. However, you should rinse these first in order to remove excess sodium.

vegetables-rich-fiberDark green leafy vegetables – Green foods such as kale, spinach and collards are extremely low in calories and carbohydrates. East as many of these as you wish.

citrus-antioxidantsCitrus fruit – Oranges, grapefruit, limes and lemons contain soluble fiber, which is important for heart health, and vitamin C.

sweet-potatoesSweet potatoes – Sweet potatoes are a starchy vegetable that contains both fiber and vitamin A, as carotenoids, which are important for vision health.

berries-superfoodsBerries – Strawberries, blueberries and other berries contain antioxidants, vitamins and fiber.
Tomatoes – Vital nutrients such as vitamin C, iron, and vitamin E are included in fresh tomatoes.

Fish with Omega-3 – Tuna, Salmon, mackerel, halibut, and herring are high in Omega-3s, which contribute to heart health. This does not include breaded and deep fried fish, which are to be avoided.

Whole grains – Grains, such as oatmeal and pearled barley, contain fiber, potassium, magnesium, chromium, folate and Omega 3 fatty acids. The bran and germ of whole grains contain important nutrients. Processed grains, such as bread made from enriched wheat flour are missing these vital nutrients.

Nuts – One ounce of nuts can go far in providing key, healthy (good) fats, as well as with hunger management. Nuts provide both magnesium and fiber. Many seeds and nuts, like walnuts and flax seeds, can also contain Omega-3 fatty acids.

Fat-free milk and yogurt – Many fortified (added vitamins) dairy products are good sources of vitamin D. Research is still emerging on the benefits of Vitamin D.