Which SOUPS benefit your glucose control?
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Discover 4 delicious and nutritious soups that can improve your blood sugar balance.
1) Vegetable-based soups bring anti-diabetes, pro-heart health nutrients into your body. And the water content of any soup will help fill you up while also adding hydration to your meal. Plus, consuming your veggies in liquid form can often make it easier on your digestive system, which, in turn, can aid your blood glucose balance.
2) Lentils supply beneficial complex carbs, which take longer for your body to digest than simple carbohydrate foods, like white bread and pasta, and they are a great source of dietary fiber. They also contain powerful antioxidants, including vitamin B, magnesium, and potassium. So lentil soup can bring many diabetes-fighting benefits.
3) Beans, like black beans and kidney beans, are legumes which have been shown to reduce the risk of a post-meal glucose spike, and they can be a centerpiece of an anti-diabetes soup. They also supply dietary fiber, protein, and diabetes-fighting minerals, including magnesium and calcium, plus thiamine, which helps covert food into energy in the body.
4) Kale is a cruciferous vegetable which is high in fiber and supplies diabetes-fighting nutrients like vitamins A, K, C and B, plus the anti-inflammatory antioxidant quercetin. This combination of vitamins and antioxidants has been linked with inflammation reduction and enhanced digestion. Barley gives you protein, fiber, and diabetes-fighting antioxidants, including vitamin E and lutein. A recent study found that eating barley may reduce blood sugar levels by up to 65%, and it can increase insulin sensitivity in general. So why not go for a kale and barley soup!
5) Quinoa gives you protein, complex carbohydrates, and fiber, and it’s rich in monounsaturated fats, including oleic acid. In fact, quinoa supplies all 9 essential fatty acids, making it a complete protein source. Plus, it contains antioxidant vitamins, including iron, manganese, phosphorus, and zinc. A recent animal experiment suggested that replacing simple carbohydrate foods with quinoa may significantly lower LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood sugar levels.