Choosing the correct snacks can help diabetics remain healthy and avoid any further health complications.
For those with diabetes, keeping blood sugar levels at bay through a well-balanced diet is paramount to maintaining wellness and preventing further health complications. When blood sugar levels are increased due to excess fat and calories in one’s diet, it can lead to serious conditions like hyperglycemia, heart disease, venostatis and nerve damage resulting in things such as diabetic ulcers.
Snacks are a good way to keep blood sugar levels in check between meals, which may be especially necessary for those who have to go long periods without eating due to work.
But it’s important for diabetics to choose the right snacks so glucose levels stay reasonable, and so they receive proper nourishment via vitamins and minerals as well.
Here is a list of healthy foods that diabetics can snack on to stay healthy:
These fruits are high in fiber and are a good source of heart healthy unsaturated fats. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics,avocados can lower cholesterol and can reduce risks of developing heart disease, as mentioned in Diabetic Living Online. These fruits can be eaten raw with a pinch of salt and pepper or made into guacamole and eaten with low-calorie whole wheat tortilla chips or a fresh vegetable.
Broccoli, carrots and red peppers with low-fat dip
Vitamin A is bountiful in broccoli, carrots and red peppers, which is important for eye, teeth and skin health. Broccoli provides folate and fiber while red peppers are rich in the antioxidant lycopene, which gives it and all red fruits and vegetables their coloring and provides protection against heart disease, certain cancers and degenerative eye disorders, according to Mayo clinic.
Mix and match these vegetables and combine them with a low-fat, low-calorie veggie dip for an easy and delicious snack.
The nutritional power plus their sheer variety make fruits, particularly berries and melons, a great choice for inter-meal snacks.
Raspberries, like their similarly colored counterparts including watermelons, are full of lycopene and vitamin C. They also contain ellagic acid which is being studied for its effectiveness in lowering blood sugar and fighting inflammation.
Blueberries contain an antioxidant called anthocyanin which has been studied to induce the secretion of insulin as well as improve cognitive function, according to Diabetic Living Online. Both raspberries and blueberries are high in fiber content.
Honeydew and cantaloupe both provide high vitamin C, with the latter also being an excellent vitamin A source.
These fruits can be eaten individually or mixed and matched together to form a nutritive medley.
Nuts as whole provide a variety healthy nutrients including – vitamin E, unsaturated fat, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, L-arginine, and fiber.
Their variety and long shelf life make them highly accessible and easy to have on hand when hunger arises. But it is best to avoid honeyed, salted or chocolate-coated nuts as they provide unnecessary fats, calories and sodium.
Eating intelligently is vital to maintaining health for those with diabetes, and choosing the correct snacks can make a major difference in overall health levels.
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