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High fiber vegetables

Include vegetables which are high on fibre such as broccoli, peas, bitter guard, spinach, beans in your daily diet. Studies have shown that people who consume one or more serving of spinach on a daily basis, cut down their risk of developing diabetes by 14 percent. Broccoli is high on fiber (5 grams per ½ cup) and low on calories (50), hence is another great vegetable to include in your diet. A study published in the medical journal, ‘Diabetes’, had found that the compound sulforaphane, which is found in the vegetable, helps to reverse the damage caused by diabetes to the heart blood vessels. Similarly bitter guard contains active substances such as charantin, vicine and polypeptide-p, which have anti-diabetic properties.

The diabetes diet: Include these food items to keep blood sugar in check

Gayatri Vinayak

A recent study conducted in China has found that people who consume fresh fruits daily were 12 percent less likely to get Type 2 diabetes. Though people with diabetes generally tend to avoid eating fruits because of the sugar content, the research has found out that those who consumed fresh fruits, actually had lesser chances of  getting diabetes related complications. They also had a lower risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.

A healthy diet is important for all of us – our body needs proteins, carbohydrates and fats to function properly. If you have diabetes, you don’t need to lead a life of deprivation or surviving on a special diet. However, by ensuring that you eat a healthy, balanced diet, you can mitigate the ill effects of diabetes. Here are some food items that help keep blood sugar levels in check: