Diabetes Diet: The Best Foods for Diabetics
One thing that can make it easier to avoid buying unhealthful foods is to make a list before going to the grocery store.
Choosing healthful, satisfying foods that meet individual nutrition requirements can help people with type 2 diabetes manage their condition.
By making smart food choices and buying the right foods, a person can ensure they have enough suitable ingredients on hand to take them from breakfast through to the last meal, or snack, of the day.
Vegetables form the basis of a healthy diet. They offer excellent sources of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Fiber and complex carbohydrates, present in many vegetables, can help the body feel full and satisfied.
This, in turn, can deter overeating, which may lead to weight gain and blood sugar issues.
Some vegetables to add to the shopping list include:
- salad greens
- green beans
- Brussel sprouts
- red, green, orange, or yellow peppers
Beans and legumes
Beans, lentils, and other pulses are an excellent source of dietary fiber and protein.
The high fiber content of foods in the pulse family means that the digestive tract absorbs fewer carbohydrates than it does from other low-fiber, high-carb foods.
This makes these foods an excellent carb choice for those with diabetes.
This makes these foods an excellent carb choice for those with diabetes. People can also use them in place of meat or cheese.
Here are some examples of what beans to pick up in either their canned or dried forms:
- black beans
- white beans
- kidney beans
- pinto beans
Dried beans and pulses may need soaking overnight and boiling for several hours before a person can use them. Check the instructions for whichever one you buy.
Dried kidney beans need soaking for at least 8 hours, boiling for 10 minutes, and then simmering for another 45 minutes or so until soft. Kidney beans contain a toxin that boiling for 10 minutes can eliminate.
Pressure or slow cooking beans can help improve the digestibility of beans as well.
Fruits can have a high sugar content, but, whether fresh or frozen, they are an excellent source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
The following fruits make a solid addition to the diet of anyone who has type 2 diabetes, due to their low glycemic index (GI) and glycemic load (GL).
- all berries