We're always abuzz with popular ideas, products and foods to maintain health with diabetes; what constitutes a diabetes "super food"?
A super food is basically a tag name given to foods that are nutrient dense and beneficial for health when living with diabetes.
Here's a list of the top 10 super foods for diabetics from Healthline.
1. Non-Fat Milk and Yogurt: These are both high in vitamin D for bone health and low on the glycemic index for blood sugar impact. Yogurt and its probiotics have been shown to cut type 2 diabetes risk by almost 30% in some cases.
2. Tomatoes: They are a non-starchy low glycemic fruit to indulge in for it's anti-cancer properties, and a boost against heart and eye disease.
3. Berries: Full of antioxidants and fiber, berries fend off cancer and heart disease and also have anti-inflammatory properties. Berries are a low-carb healthy snack for those living with diabetes.
4. Citrus Fruits: Citrus fruits are high in fiber with a low glycemic index. Try eating a whole orange or grapefruit for a sweet fiber load.
5. Fish (salmon, herring, sardines, mackerel): High in omega-3 fatty acids, there are no carbohydrates associated with these foods - just heart-boosting anti-inflammatory benefits.
6. Tree Nuts: Nuts are just packed full of health benefits - namely good fats, a great source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins and minerals. Most tree nuts have a negligible carbohydrate count; cashews are an exception.
7. Beans: High in protein and fiber, they are a low in carbs and also in cost. Match with rice for a vegetarian complete protein source.
8. Leafy Greens (including kale, chard): Greens pack a powerful punch of Vitamins A and K.
According to Healthline: "The ADA lists kale among five “super foods” for diabetics, because it’s been shown to lower high blood pressure."
9. Whole Grains: The fiber in grains help to lower cholesterol and stabilize blood sugars. Whole grains are also associated with a decreased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
10. The list goes on! "The ADA lists pumpkin seeds, beets, sardines, and Brussels sprouts as “super foods” for diabetics" according to Healthline.