It’s not just broccoli that’s a so-called diabetic superfood.
Here, Dr Sarah Brewer, a GP and medical nutritionist for Healthspan, reveals exclusively to the MailOnline the other foods that can help diabetics, from stabilising blood sugar to staving off conditions associated with the disease…
She recommends eating at least three to five of these superfoods per day, wherever possible.
Eat a handful of nuts and seeds every day – they contain monounsaturated and omega-3 fatty acids to improve glucose control and help to protect against heart attack and stroke – something diabetics are at increased risk of.
Dark chocolate has also been shown to decrease insulin resistance, and cocoa extracts can significantly lower glucose levels.
100g/3.5oz dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa solids) per day can lower blood pressure by 5.1/1.8 mmHg.
Replacing some of the carbohydrate in your diet with monounsaturated fat in the form of olive oil can significantly improve your glucose control and lower your ‘bad’ LDL-cholesterol to lower your risk of diabetic complications such as heart disease and stroke.
Contains substances that promote secretion of insulin from cells – helping diabetics. 1g per day can improve blood glucose levels by 10% in people with type 2 diabetes. A great way to eat it is to sprinkle it onto porridge.
Sweet potatoes are high in fibre – and a high-fibre diet slows absorption of dietary carbohydrates and cholesterol to improve glucose control and blood cholesterol balance
Wine – especially red wine – is a rich source of antioxidants such as resveratrol. This can improve insulin resistance and decrease high insulin levels in type 2 diabetics.
Tea – especially green and white tea – contains antioxidants that increase insulin sensitivity.