Superfood Can Fight Type 2 Diabetes – healthline.com
Superfoods are packed with nutrients, and when it comes to fighting chronic illnesses like type 2 diabetes, which is often preventable, adding the right superfoods to your diet is key.
Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition in which your body doesn’t produce enough (or any) insulin, or doesn’t properly use insulin to metabolize glucose, a sugar your body needs to fuel itself. While genetics definitely play a role, research shows that diet and exercise habits are also main contributors to the development of type 2 diabetes.According to American Diabetes Association, beans, dark leafy greens, citrus fruits, quinoa, berries, tomatoes, fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, whole grains with ample amounts of fiber, nuts and fat-free milk and yogurt are full of fiber, protein, and healthy fats (as well as vitamins and antioxidants).In other words, they are packed with the good stuff without all the bad stuff known to increase your risk for type 2 diabetes. Also, they are low in simple sugars and saturated fats and have a low glycemic index, which is an important ranking of carbohydrate-containing foods that is based on the food’s effect on blood sugar.
“’Superfoods’ seem to have come into existence due to their high nutrient content of one particular nutrient,” says Puja Mistry, MS, RD, LD, the Houston regional dietitian at H-E-B Grocery Stores. “For example, kale became a superfood due to its high vitamin K content. Acai and blueberries for their antioxidants, avocados for their healthy fats, edamame for their protein. However, these foods alone cannot get the job done. They are excellent sources of what they provide, but they work best in combination with a variety of healthy foods. Basically, one food alone isn’t going to be a cure for anything.”
With that philosophy in mind, don’t hesitate to incorporate superfoods into your everyday meals.