ADA Recommendations for Diabetics
In April, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) released its list of superfoods for patients with diabetes. These suggestions will also help pateints with high cholesterol, high blood pressure and other chronic conditions. The following list of foods are nutrient rich, high in vitamins, minerals and protein, possess a low glycemic index, and are low in fat:
Beans: they are high in protein and fiber, supply nutrients such as magnesium and potassium and are low in fat.
Dark Green Leafy Vegetables: kale, spinach, collard greens and other dark leafy greens are high in vitamins A and C and are so low in carbohydrates and fat that you can eat as much as you want.
Citrus Fruits: Oranges, grapefruits, tangerines, lemons and kiwi fruits are high in fiber and Vitamin C, and are great for your health.
Sweet Potatoes: yams are high in fiber, vitamins A and C and a great substitute for white potatoes.
Berries; Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries are great sources of antioxidants and vitamins, and are loaded with fiber.
Tomatoes: they are linked with anti-cancer properties, packed with vitamins C and E and iron. Unlike many fruits and vegetables, tomatoes do not lose their nutritional value when cooked, so pastes and sauces are fine.
Fish: Species rich in omega-3 fats are extremely healthy, such as tuna, halibut, and salmon.
Whole Grains: in small amounts, particularly oatmeal and barley are full of folate, magnesium, potassium and chromium, and are rich in fiber.
Nuts: are high in fiber, contain iron and trace minerals, and can supply omega-3 if you eat walnuts, macademias and flax seeds.
Eggs: high in chromium which is necessary for sugar balance and not providing enough fat to be too worried about.
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