We have repeatedly emphasised the need of a robust immune system during the last 17 months. And, especially if you are diabetic, your food and nutrition play a significant role in developing the correct sort of immunity. Eating fruits is one of the most pleasant methods to fulfil your sweet appetite while also meeting your nutritional needs. Despite several studies and research on fruit intake in diabetes, there are numerous hypotheses on the appropriate type of fruit consumption and its relationship to blood sugar levels.
Eating seasonal and locally available fruit offers several health advantages, ranging from lowering blood sugar and inflammation to combating high blood pressure – all owing to their rich vitamin and mineral content! They are high in antioxidants such as vitamins A, B, C, and E, as well as minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, and fibre.
Monika Manchanda, Chief Culinary Officer, and Co-Founder, LiveAltLife listed 10 fruits that are not just diabetic-friendly but are loaded with fiber and water content which can slow down the sugar spikes and sugar absorption rate.
- Apples: Apples are not just nutritious and filling; According to a study, they are significantly associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes if consumed in moderation. Turns out there is a truth in the old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”, after all!
- Avocados are a great source of healthy fats and more than 20 vitamins and minerals. They are high in fibers as well and have been linked with lowering the risk of diabetes.
- Berries: Adding berries is one of the best ways to add a variety to your diabetes-friendly diet. You can choose from blackberries, blueberries, or strawberries because all of them are power-packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and fibers.
- Papaya is rich in natural oxidants, which makes it a perfect pick for people with diabetes. It reduces the chances of future cell damage.
- Star fruit: This sweet and sour fruit is rich in dietary fiber and vitamin C. It also positively impacts anti-inflammatory processes and can help repair cell damage, and it has minimal fruit sugars as well.
- Kiwi fruit is an excellent source of Vitamin E, K, and potassium, and they are low in fruit sugars as well, which makes it a perfect diabetic-friendly fruit.
- Melons (Musk melon and watermelon): Powerful hydrating fruits like cantaloupe and melons are recommended for people with diabetes, and people with the risk of developing diabetes. Eat-in moderation for multiple nutritional benefits like fiber, potassium, magnesium, vitamin B, and C.
- Dragon fruit is full of dietary fibers, vital vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
- Pears are nutrient-rich, and they are known to fight inflammation and improve digestion.? Studies also suggest that consuming pears along with a healthy diet reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes.
- Orange: This citrus fruit is full of fiber that helps slow down sugar absorption into the bloodstream, and its vitamin C component helps improve immunity levels.
Add fruit to your salads to enjoy their goodness with a sprinkle of cinnamon, it tastes better and reduces sugar spikes. Add nuts like walnuts and almonds to complement your fruit snack. you can also add flaxseeds to balance the glycemic load in the body.
Input Source: IANS