Blood glucose is affected most by carbohydrates. Knowing what foods contain carbohydrates and the number of carbohydrates in a meal is helpful for blood glucose control.
Proteins are a necessary part of a balanced diet and can keep you from feeling hungry. In people with Type 2 diabetes, protein makes insulin work faster, so it may not be a good idea to treat low blood sugar with protein shakes or mixes.
Consume fruit in its whole, natural form, and avoid syrups or any processed fruits with added sugar, which have the tendency to spike your blood sugar. Stick to the produce aisle and the freezer section of your grocery store.
Here are five fruits to include in your diabetes diet:
1. Black Plum:
Jamun or black plum an amazing fruit linked to a number of health benefits. The seed of Jamun is also claimed to be beneficial for diabetics. Composed of 82 per cent water and 14.5 per cent carbohydrates, the fruit contains no sucrose and has a hypoglycemic effect that can help reduce sugar levels in the blood and urine.
2. Zesty Green Kiwi:
Kiwis are available year-round and will last in the refrigerator for up to three weeks. Delicious kiwi is a good source of potassium, fiber, and vitamin C. One large kiwi has about 56 calories and 13 g of carbohydrates, so it’s a smart addition to your diabetes-friendly diet.
Whether you love blueberries, strawberries, or any other type of berry, you have the go-ahead to indulge. Three-quarters of a cup of fresh blueberries has 62 calories and 16 grams (g) of carbohydrates. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), berries are a diabetes superfood because they’re packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber and also, they’re low-GI (Glycemic Index).
Eat one orange and you’ve gotten all the vitamin C you need in a day. This low-GI (Glycemic Index) choice comes in at only 15 g of carbohydrates and 62 calories. Oranges also contain folate and potassium, which may help normalize blood pressure.
An apple a day really might keep the doctor away. Apples are also loaded with fiber and are a good source of vitamin C. Toss one in your purse or bag if you’re on the go as a small apple is a great fruit choice, with just 77 calories and 21 g of carbs. Don’t peel your apples because the skins are the most nutritious part, full of antioxidants.
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) says there are many types of fruit that are packed full of beneficial vitamins, minerals, and fibre a powerful nutrient that has been shown to help regulate blood sugar levels, aid weight loss, and reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.