Can these brown foods actually have a positive impact on blood sugar?
Can this color actually help you fight obesity and diabetes?
Amazingly, there ARE brown foods that have the ability to fight inflammation, improve insulin sensitivity, and lower fasting glucose levels.
1) A recent study showed that women who consumed peanuts or peanut butter in the morning helped decrease the risk of afternoon blood sugar spikes. And other studies now suggest that adding peanut butter to a high glycemic meal can aid your body in better managing the carb load.
2) Cinnamon has the power to imitate the effect of insulin in the body, and it can boost insulin to help it move more glucose into muscle cells. And multiple studies show that cinnamon can benefit post-meal blood sugar levels by slowing digestion.
3) The protein, fiber, and complex carbohydrate content of lentils will all work in concert to slow your digestion and aid your body in better glucose control.
4) A cousin to lentils, chickpeas are also part of the legume family. And much like other beans, chickpeas are an excellent source of plant proteins and soluble fiber.
5) A typical 8 ounce cup of black coffee will supply about 11% of your daily recommended intake of Vitamin B2, or RIBOFLAVIN. Coffee also supplies small amounts of vitamins B1, B3, and B5.
6) While 100 grams of chia seeds contains about 42 grams of carbohydrate, it also includes 34 grams of fiber. And with 16 grams of protein in a 100 gram serving, these seeds can be an excellent blood sugar-balancing addition to your meal.
7) One 12 week trial revealed that type 2 diabetic participants who ate 60 grams of almonds per day reduced their total cholesterol by 6%, minimized their fasting glucose by 9%, and overall, had noteworthy improvements in their insulin sensitivity.
8) True dark chocolate – that’s chocolate with 70% or higher cacao content, is packed with powerful polyphenol antioxidants.
9) Walnuts have been shown to fight oxidative damage in the body, especially the damage caused by LDL cholesterol and insulin resistance.
10) Flax seeds are one of the world’s very best plant source of both omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. Omega 6 fats, in moderation, can help reduce cholesterol, decrease nerve pain, and aid with metabolism regulation.