Don’t forget about these no-nonsense diabetes-fighting foods!
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What beneficial foods are often forgotten at the back of your fridge and pantry? Utilize these underappreciated diabetes-fighting whole foods and meal ingredients for better glucose control.
1) A 40 gram serving of celery supplies 38 grams of water, and one third of the nutritional content of celery is dietary fiber, which research shows works to lower insulin resistance and A1c levels. The fiber in celery can also work to slow your digestion and increase feelings of fullness, both of which can aid long-term glucose control.
2) While oranges are thought of as extremely sweet, they are a low-GI fruit which is full of fiber, and they contain higher amounts of certain anti-diabetes nutrients, including calcium, folate, potassium, and vitamin C, than a medium-sized apple.
3) Peanuts are high in calories and fat, but they actually have a low glycemic index and glycemic load. They supply beneficial, heart-healthy fatty acids, glucose-stabilizing protein, plus an assortment of disease-fighting micronutrients, including copper, folate, manganese, and phosphorus.
4) A recent African Health Sciences Journal study found that diabetic participants who consumed 2 grams of fenugreek directly after meals for 3 months had improved insulin secretion and increased insulin sensitivity. A tablespoon of this herb can give you 3 grams of glucose-stabilizing fiber, along with 3 grams of digestion-slowing protein.
5) Researchers have found lots of positive health effects in vinegar, especially apple cider vinegar. But you can find benefits within other types of vinegar too, including red wine vinegar and balsamic vinegar. Supplying acetic acid, vinegar has been found to lower blood pressure, aid weight loss, and reduce post-meal glucose levels.