Friday, March 26, 2010

Chew Your Way Against Diabetes: Power Foods to Keep Glucose Low

If you have diabetes and you're told about the things you can't eat, chances are high you'll be obsessing over foods you're not allowed to eat. Stop it. It won't do you any good and may make your blood glucose levels skyrocket. Instead, turn your attention to these food items. They taste good and help you manage your diabetes as well.

Flaxseed is best known as a source of fiber and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which your body converts to omega-3s EPA and DHA. Several studies have found a link between increased ALA intake and lower odds of heart disease, heart attack, and other cardiovascular issues. These magic seeds also show promise for lowering cholesterol and blood sugar.

Berries are nature's candy - but unlike sugary confections from the checkout aisle, they're loaded with fiber and antioxidants called polyphenols which can lower blood sugar.

An ounce of these healthy nuts delivers almost 2g of fiber plus 2.6 g of ALA, the omega-3 precursor. These are great for snacking and have the added benefit of lowering your blood sugar levels.

Tip: Top oatmeal with these and add shaved dark chocolate for indulgence.

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