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June 12, 2013

Lower Blood Sugar With These 6 Foods

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1. Fiber
According to a study performed by scientists at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, increasing your fiber intake might lead to lower glucose levels. These researchers discovered that patients with type 2 diabetes who increased their intake of fiber to 50 g daily for just six weeks experienced decreases in blood glucose levels. Fiber is found in whole grains, beans, broccoli, grapefruit and blackberries.

2. Garlic
Popping some raw garlic everyday will also bring glucose levels down. Raw garlic lowers blood sugar, enhances insulin production, and contributes to insulin sensitivity. It also has pretty strong antioxidant properties, and makes a fantastic and tasty addition to most heart-healthy pastas and lean proteins!

3. Certain Fruits
In addition to being low on the glycemic index, which measures how much specific foods impact blood sugar, this fruit can give your taste buds a sweet bite without spiking your blood sugar. And so can peaches, apples, and oranges.

4. Pistachio Nuts
These nuts are loaded healthy fat and fiber, both of which have been known to help lower blood glucose levels. A study published in 2010 by scientists at the University of Toronto discovered that men and women who ate a meal containing pistachios alongside white bread had lower glucose levels after the meal than those who consumed only white bread! Don’t get carried away though. Include some pistachio nuts and skip the white bread altogether.

5. Avocado
Avocados are loaded with nutrients, vitamins, and minerals such as vitamin E, which is needed for the regulation of blood sugar. Avocado also contains magnesium, vitamin C, folate, and zinc which are excellent for diabetics. Eat it by itself with a fork or spoon, or slice it up and put it on your burgers, sandwiches, and salads.

6. Berries.
Generally, fruits are high in fructose, which makes them ill-advised for a hypoglycemic diet. But all types of berries are low in sugar, high in antioxidants, and contain loads of beneficial nutrients, which makes them absolutely ideal for someone suffering from low blood sugar.

To your health,
Sima Cohen

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