Although not technically a food, water is one of the most important elements in a diabetic’s diet. Be sure that you consume a minimum of 8 glasses of water each day.
Diabetes Type 2 Diet Nutrition
A healthy diabetic’s diet will emphasize alkaline rather than acidic food. Natural alkaline foods include vegetables and fruits, nuts and whole grains, and dairy products.
Large amounts of uncooked vegetables make a strong base for any healthy diet. Studies have shown that cooked foods raise blood sugar levels more than their uncooked counterparts, so eating raw is especially healthy for those struggling to balance their glucose. Additionally, cooking foods removes certain enzymes, vitamins, and minerals that your body could benefit from. You can achieve the benefit of these elements by eating the vegetables raw.
Certain vegetables make quick, easy, and delicious snacks, making it simple to eat them throughout the day. Artichokes, carrots, cucumbers, garlic, lettuce, onions, radishes, string beans, tomatoes, and turnips are all excellent, low-sugar vegetables for diabetics to eat. Nature has made things easier for us by making beautifully colored vegetables also beneficial to the functioning of our pancreas. The best foods are both attractive and healthy.
Along with vegetables, it’s important for diabetics (and those hoping to avoid developing diabetes) to eat four or more servings of low-sugar fruits each day. These fruits may include bananas, blackberries, citrus (such as oranges), cranberries, figs, granny smith apples, kiwis, and pomegranates.
Diabetics can reduce their need for insulin by creating an eating plan based on high fiber foods. Because these foods trickle their release of energy to the body, rather than rushing it in all at once (which you may have heard referred to as a “sugar rush”), the body doesn’t have to rush to release excess amounts of insulin to manage the glucose from your diets. Additionally, you can get more chromium from a high fiber diet, which is also good for managing the blood glucose levels in diabetics.
You diet should be high in potassium, but not supplemented with potassium in pills. To get the necessary amount of potassium in your daily intake, eat foods such as apple cider vinegar, bananas, dried peas, melons, potatoes, raw peanuts, skimmed milk, wheat.
Insoluble fibers are good for every diet, because the body can’t break them down. Therefore, they move all the way through your digestive system in the form of tiny grains, which scrub the walls of your intestines and keep the waste from the rest of your diet moving through and out of your body. You can introduce insoluble fiber into your diet in the form of bran (oat bran, wheat bran), whole grains, and nuts. Additionally, foods with insoluble fibers also tend to be very low on the glycemic index, meaning that they don’t create too much glucose as your body breaks them down.
To keep your nerves healthy, choose plenty of soy products like tofu, tempeh, soymilk, soya powder, and soy bean sprouts, in order to help your body manage the neurological complications of your diabetes. You can also benefit from the live cultures in yogurt and butter milk.
The better your body is at processing the blood sugars it creates from the foods in your diet, the trouble certain foods will cause you.