Controlling your diabetes could be as easy as losing weight. There are many things that you can do to control you blood sugar and increasing your intake of certain fruits is one of them. Natural sugar is easier to break down than processed or man-made sugar. This is why adding fruit, a great source for natural sugar, to your diet in moderation could prevent your body from building an insulin intolerance.
Here are our favorite fruits to add to your diet if you are looking to naturally control your blood sugar, or decrease the amount of insulin that you use each day.
Avocado is thought by many to be a vegetable. On the contrary, it is actually a fruit. This fruit is high in monounsaturated fats which are one of the healthy fats that you should ingest on a regular basis. These fruits also improve heart health. They have a very low percentage of low-quality carbohydrates and can improve the sensitivity you have to your insulin. This means that simply snacking on avocado, eating guacamole, or adding it to a sandwich could decrease the amount of insulin that you have to take.
Grapefruits are a great source of chromium. Recent studies have shown chromium to significantly lower blood sugar levels. A grapefruit with breakfast can help break down the dietary sugars that are in your cereal as well. It also contains a very low amount of carbohydrates but most of these carbohydrates are considered healthy fiber so they won’t cause a serious increase in blood sugar.
Pineapple does not prevent blood sugar spikes. However, it has a low glycemic index, which means that it raises your blood sugar slower and does not cause rapid spikes. This means that when your blood sugar starts low, it can bring you back to a safe level in a better fashion than other fruits. It also makes a great midday snack for a diabetic who is trying to keep highs and lows under control.
Kiwi, much like pineapple, have a low glycemic index. It is also full of fiber that is easy to digest and is easily turned into energy, rather than sugar build up or fat. While most fruits cause a small spike before regulating, this fruit has sugars that are easy to break down. When eaten with meals, kiwi can help your body process the insulin you receive, and level out your blood sugars much easier than if you did not ingest it at all.
Cherries have a glycemic index of 20, and in many cases, less than this because they vary by size and type. They are slightly acidic, so they help break down their own sugars. This is great if your body is beginning to build an insulin resistance or if your doctor is considering increasing your insulin dosage.
Apples may contain more sugar than most fruits, but they can help cleanse the digestive system. Apples also contain antioxidants and help boost the immune system, which can help combat infection. This process is typically hindered in diabetics. Any infection in the body can increase blood sugar levels so having an apple on occasion will help decrease your risk of infection based blood sugar spikes.
Fruit is a great way to manage your blood sugar and can be a great way of preventing infection that leads to blood sugar spikes. Ask your doctor whether adding fruit to your diet is an option to decrease your blood sugar.
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