BetterButter Secrets | Five Diabetes-friendly things to eat

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By BetterButter Editorial

It’s not called the silent killer for no reason. Diabetes is a risk that one in every three household in India faces. While it definitely is not a death sentence, with the rise and fall of your blood sugar levels, you’ve got to be very careful with what you can eat.

While, we at BetterButter are no doctors, we do know what kinds of food help control the sugar levels in the body. Truth is, some food groups are way better for you than the others and sometimes by just eating what is good for you, you can make a difference to your body.

Here’s listing five things that we know for sure help with control your diabetes. And while these things will help, there’s nothing like a spot of daily exercise and regular diet control to keep the disease in check:

1. Whole grains
Nutrients such as with chromium, magnesium and omega 3 fatty acids are present in all sorts of whole grains. We love oatmeal, quinoa and pearl barley as all three are great source of carbohydrates which help release energy in the blood stream slowly. A great source of potassium and fibre these grains also help you feel full.

2. Cinnamon
Studies show that eating cinnamon on a regular basis brings down the blood sugar level by nearly 24 per cent. Using it is simple – sprinkle it over your oats or onto your dals or even in a bowl of yogurt to keep those sugar levels in check.

3. Tomatoes
Tomatoes’ low glycemic index is a boon for anyone who has diabetes. With vital nutrients such as –Vitamin E, Vitamin C and Iron that are essential for overall health, it has even has a lot of roughage to make your feel full through the days.

4. Nuts
One of the best ways to control those cravings is by eating nuts. Nuts are the healthiest food choices that you can make. There is evidence that nuts can improve blood sugar control. People who consume 2 handfuls of mixed nuts daily noticed a decrease in LDL and blood sugar levels. While different nuts have different nutritional information – almonds, walnuts and peanuts work best for those who have diabetes.

5. Garlic
This edible bulb from the lily family has served as a flavouring agent and medicine for years now. It is used to treat heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure and diabetes. Garlic helps keep the blood sugar in check and helps detox the blood in the body as well.

And if you ever run out of ideas about what to cook, check out our Diabetes-friendly collection that hosts myriad recipes to keep your blood sugar under control.

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