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The Top 5 Diabetes Superfoods

The Top 5 Diabetes Superfoods

Identifying Superfoods That May Prevent Disease

Though there is no official definition for the word “superfood,” it has become a widely known term for specific foods with the best health benefits. For those who are prediabetic or currently living with diabetes, choosing the right superfoods could be a struggle. Luckily we have some options to choose from. Rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber to keep you full and your blood sugar balanced, these five diabetic superfoods can easily be consumed, even on a budget:

1. Citrus Fruits

Citrus fruits are loaded with fiber, vitamin C, folate, and potassium — all nutrients that are vital to a healthy diet. Though fruit juice might be an easier option, maximize your fiber intake by eating the fruit instead. If you do want to incorporate fruit juice into your diet, consider switching to grapefruit, as it’s your best option to avoid a sudden rise in blood sugar.

2. Blueberries

Berries, specifically blueberries, are not only filled with fiber, but they are packed with antioxidants and are a great way to satisfy a craving for something sweet. Many include vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese, and potassium. Add them into some unsweetened yogurt or throw them in a leafy green salad for some extra flavor.

3.Fatty Fish

Look for fish high in Omega-3 such as salmon, as it’s known to reduce the risk of heart disease and inflammation. Other “fatty fish” as they are often called, include sardines, herring, trout, and albacore tuna. Avoid any fish that is fried and breaded, as they can add extra calories and carbohydrates.

4.Walnuts

Packed with protein and healthy fats, walnuts are a great snack option. Their fatty acids may increase your good cholesterol while decreasing your bad cholesterol. They also have been known to reduce your chances of heart disease or heart attack, while diabetes heightens these risks. Not to mention, they manage hunger and are full of fiber, which can help you maintain your blood sugar levels.

5. Leafy Greens

When filling your plates with leafy greens, look for darker options such as kale and spinach, as they are loaded with vitamins, minerals, calcium, and potassium. They help keep you full with fewer calories and carbohydrates, too.

A healthy diet doesn’t have to break the bank, either. Look for superfoods that are currently in season, or that you can buy frozen. Other superfoods to keep in mind include black beans and lentils, whole grains, and unsweetened Greek yogurt.