Chromium is yet another trace mineral that has been linked to better glucose control.It was discovered in the 1950s that feeding rats brewer’s yeast (which has a high concentration of chromium) could prevent the development of type 2 diabetes.
Since then, there have been numerous studies done to attempt to determine the affect chromium has on glucose control, not all of which had positive outcomes. Some of these studies were found to be flawed or the number of participants was too small to be conclusive. This blog post by a dietician goes into further detail about these studies.
Again, we are left wondering whether or not we should increase our chromium intake to assist with glucose control. I don’t know about you but I’m not interested in taking yet another pill. Thankfully, we don’t have to pop a pill in order to increase our level of chromium. Here are some foods that contain chromium:
• Brewer's yeast
• Sweet potato
• Whole grains
• Meat and seafood
• Other fruits and vegetables, including: tomato, spinach, broccoli, onion, garlic, dry basil leaves, lettuce, fresh chili, green pepper, beet, mushroom, rye, apple, orange juice, grape juice and banana.
Many of the foods listed could be problems for people with diabetes since they have higher carb counts. As always, use your meter to determine if you can eat certain foods. The more I look into these vitamins and minerals that are touted to assist with glucose control, the more I realize that if we just try to eat a healthier, well-balanced diet, we can enjoy a lot of these benefits naturally without adding more pills.