Here are five foods that can help you to decrease the risk of diabetes
Diabetes has been a chronic lifestyle disorder. The probability of further developing it not only depends on genetic factors but also is further influenced by environmental components.
Eating right and also maintaining a healthy body weight is the most important step towards controlling diabetes. Losing upto 5-10% of total body weight can be instrumental in further reducing blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
Keeping a tab on your food habits and in order to control diabetes does not necessarily mean that you need to live in deprivation. Only some adjustments and moderation in the food intake is required.
On this World Diabetes Day, here’s a list of 5 superfoods that can further help you effectively fight the disease:
Flaxseed or commonly known as ‘san ka beej’ is rich in an insoluble fiber called lignan, which is also known to reduce diabetes, which is associated with heart complications, the risk of strokes and blood sugar levels. Flaxseeds are also good for further improving gut health and insulin sensitivity.
Tomatoes are very rich in lycopene, which is also known to promote cardiovascular health, and reduce blood pressure and heart complications associated with diabetes.
3. Fish which is rich in omega 3 fatty acids
Nutrient-rich fish which include salmon, herring, mackerel and sardines are loaded with omega 3 fatty acids and also have no carbohydrate content. They are also dense in selenium and vitamin D content, which is very essential for healthy metabolism. These foods help in further controlling digestion and make for a full meal without being big on calories. They are hence ideal for BMI control.
4. Whole grains
Whole grains like barley and lentils are full of antioxidants and also fiber content. These help in further reducing the belly bulge and keep the digestive system very healthy. They are also known to reduce LDL cholesterol and stabilise blood sugar levels while being excellent sources of vitamin B, iron and protein.
5. Vegetables with low starch content
Low-starch vegetables like broccoli, beet and asparagus can provide a good satisfying meal option while being low on the carbohydrate content. These also contain a good amount of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytonutrients.