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10 Diabetes Superfoods

Nov 5, 2014 0

Ever see the top 10 lists for foods everyone should eat to superpower your diet? Ever wonder which will mesh with your diabetes meal plan? Wonder no more. Your list of the top 10 diabetes superfoods has arrived.

As with all foods, you need to work the diabetes superfoods into your individualized meal plan in appropriate portions.

All of the foods in our list have a low glycemic index or GI and provide key nutrients that are lacking in the typical western diet such as:

  • calcium
  • potassium
  • fiber
  • magnesium
  • vitamins A (as carotenoids), C, and E.

There isn’t research that clearly points to supplementation, so always think first about getting your nutrients from foods. Below is our list of superfoods to include in your diet.


 Beans

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Whether you prefer kidney, pinto, navy, or black beans, you can’t find better nutrition than that provided by beans. They are very high in fiber, giving you about 1/3 of your daily requirement in just a ½ cup, and are also good sources of magnesium and potassium.

They are considered starchy vegetables, but ½ cup provides as much protein as an ounce of meat without the saturated fat. To save time you can use canned beans, but be sure to drain and rinse them to get rid of as much sodium as possible.


 Dark Green Leafy Vegetables

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Spinach, collards, kale – these powerhouse foods are so low in calories and carbohydrate. You can’t eat too much.


 Citrus Fruit

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Grapefruit, oranges, lemons and limes. Pick your favorites and get part of your daily dose of soluble fiber and vitamin C.

 


 Sweet Potatoes

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A starchy vegetable packed full of vitamin A and fiber. Try in place of regular potatoes for a lower GI alternative.

 


 Berries

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Which are your favorites: blueberries, strawberries or another variety? Regardless, they are all packed with antioxidants, vitamins and fiber. Make a parfait alternating the fruit with light, non-fat yogurt for a new favorite dessert. Try our Superfood Smoothie recipe.


 Tomatoes

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An old standby where everyone can find a favorite. The good news is that no matter how you like your tomatoes, pureed, raw, or in a sauce, you’re eating vital nutrients like vitamin C, iron, vitamin E.


 Fish High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

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Salmon is a favorite in this category. Stay away from the breaded and deep fat fried variety… they don’t count in your goal of 6-9 ounces of fish per week.

 


 Whole Grains

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It’s the germ and bran of the whole grain you’re after.  It contains all the nutrients a grain product has to offer. When you purchase processed grains like bread made from enriched wheat flour, you don’t get these. A few more of the nutrients these foods offer are magnesium, chromium, omega 3 fatty acids and folate.

Pearled barley and oatmeal are a source of fiber and potassium.

 


 Nuts

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An ounce of nuts can go a long way in providing key healthy fats along with hunger management. Other benefits are a dose of magnesium and fiber.

Some nuts and seeds, such as walnuts and flax seeds, also contain omega-3 fatty acids.


 Fat-free Milk and Yogurt
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Everyone knows dairy can help build strong bones and teeth. In addition to calcium, many fortified dairy products are a good source of vitamin D. More research is emerging on the connection between vitamin D and good health.


 

Some of the above list can be tough on the budget depending on the season and where you live. Look for lower cost options such as fruit and vegetables in season or frozen or canned fish.

Foods that every budget can live with year round are beans and rolled oats or barley that you cook from scratch

Source-  http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/what-can-i-eat/making-healthy-food-choices/diabetes-superfoods.html#sthash.TwRUyRpK.dpuf

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Foods To Eat During Cold and Flu Season

Sep 25, 2014 0

By Connie Alsobrook

Here are a few foods to keep you healthy during cold and flu season.

Vitamin C, this is found in citrus foods and is very refreshing. Oranges,
grapefruit, lemons, and limes.

Garlic, To get the best benefits from garlic, crush the cloves with
the flat side of a knife. Some say wait about 3 minutes
before eating or adding to your food. To get rid of some of the smell
of garlic, squeeze half a lemon in a glass of water and drink after
eating garlic.

Zinc is in chicken and other meats. This is the main reason
grandmother use to make a pot of chicken noodle soup for that flu or
common cold.

Yogurt contains probiotics, organisms such as bacteria or yeast
that are believed to improve health. Research suggests low levels
of vitamin D can be linked to a seasonal increase in colds and flu
plus a higher incidence of respiratory infections.

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