Top 10 Foods to Lower Your Blood Sugar Levels

Foods That Help Lower Blood Sugar
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Are you looking for magical foods that may help lower blood sugar levels? Well, you may be a tad bit disappointed to know such foods do not exist.

Eating food always causes a spike in blood sugar levels and no food can reduce it. However, depending upon the type of food you choose, some of them cause a slight rise in blood sugar levels.

These foods have a low glycemic index (GI) and for this reason, are recommended for people with chronic conditions like diabetes.

Here are 10 foods that help lower blood sugar!

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1. Nuts

Nuts to Lower Blood Sugar

Nutritional benefits

Several studies have shown that consumption of nuts may help prevent and better manage type 2 diabetes. This is due to their high fibre content and low glycemic index. Other nutrients present in nuts that prevent a spike in blood sugar levels include:

  • Unsaturated fatty acids
  • Vitamin E
  • Magnesium
  • Selenium
  • Bioactive compounds like phenolic acids, flavonoids, lignans and other polyphenols

How to include it in your diet?

  • Eat a handful of mixed nuts (20 g of mixed nuts)
  • Poha
  • Upma
  • Gravies

2. Seeds

Seeds to Lower Blood Sugar

Nutritional benefits

Just like nuts, seeds are excellent for people with diabetes due to their low glycemic index. They are rich in nutrients like:

  • Omega-3 fatty acids and other healthy fats
  • Proteins
  • Fibre
  • Potassium
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Zinc
  • Vitamins  B1, B2, B3
  • Vitamin E

How to include it in your diet?

  • Add in yogurt
  • Incorporate seed flower to your regular whole grain roti/chapati flour
  • Pesto paste to add to whole wheat pasta preparations
  • In salads
  • Topping over cut fruits

3. Eggs 

Eggs to Lower Blood Sugar

Nutritional benefits

Eggs do not have carbs in them, and hence do not cause a spike in blood sugar levels. They are rich in nutrients like:

  • Proteins
  • Folates
  • Vitamin B5, B7
  • Retinol

How to include it in your diet?

  • Vegetable omlette prepared in low fat oil
  • Egg curry
  • Scrambled eggs without adding cream, cheese or butter
  • Boiled egg for breakfast or part of a salad

4. Salads

Salads to Lower Blood Sugar

Salads prepared using fresh vegetables and high protein foods like chicken and egg are excellent for people with diabetes as these foods are low in glycemic index and do not cause a spike in blood glucose levels.

However, you must always prepare a salad without sweeteners, excess salt, salad dressings that contain preservatives and excess oil.

5. Non-Starchy Soups

Non-Starchy Soups to Lower Blood Sugar

Non-starchy vegetables like cabbage, cauliflower, mushrooms, spinach and tomatoes make for excellent ingredients for soups. These vegetables are high in nutrients like vitamins, minerals, dietary fibre and low in glycemic index.

For this reason, they do not cause a spike in blood sugar levels. Avoid adding sugar, other sweeteners, excess fats, corn starch or maida while preparing these non-starchy soups if you wish to keep them low in calories. 

6. Chicken (plain without bread or roti)

Chicken to lower blood sugar

Nutritional benefits

Chicken is rich in protein, niacin (B3), biotin (B7), folate, retinols and vitamin E. It also rich in minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, selenium and moderately rich in sodium.

How to include it in your diet?

  • Curry 
  • Baked dishes
  • In omlette
  • Stir fry with veggies

It is best to consume chicken without bread or roti to prevent it from spiking blood sugar levels.

7. Sprouts

Sprouts to Lower Blood Sugar

Nutritional benefits

Sprouts are routinely used in Indian cooking and for good reason. These tiny microgreens are rich in proteins, fibre and minerals like iron, zinc and magnesium. They also contain vitamins B and C and high concentration of antioxidants.

How to include it in your diet?

  • Steamed sprouts chat without farsan or sev
  • Stir fry
  • Curry
  • Salads

8. Mushroom

Mushroom to Lower Blood Sugar

Nutritional benefits

Mushrooms are rich in nutrients like B vitamins (especially folates), minerals like copper, potassium, phosphorous, and selenium. They are a rich vegetarian source of vitamin D.

How to include it in your diet?

  • Soup without sweetener, cream and excess fats
  • Stir fry
  • Bhaji
  • Mix veg curries

9. Avocado

Avocado to Lower Blood Sugar

Nutritional benefits

Though not Indian in origin, avocados have become increasingly popular in the country today. From use it over Mexican dishes to using them in healthy foods like salads, avocados are versatile. 

Nutrients present in avocados make them popular among weight-conscious individuals and those living with chronic conditions like type 2 diabetes. These include healthy fats, dietary fibre, B vitamins, vitamin C, E, and K, folate, potassium, carotenoids, beta carotene and magnesium.

How to include it in your diet?

  • Salads
  • Whole wheat toast
  • Raita
  • As a dip
  • Chutney
  • Paratha

10. Fish

Fish to Lower Blood Sugar

Nutritional benefits

Fish (all varieties) do not contain carbohydrates and hence do not cause spike in blood glucose, if eaten alone. For this reason, they do not cause a spike in blood sugar levels.

Most fishes contain healthy fats (omega-3 fatty acids), vitamins D and B2, and minerals like calcium, iron, zinc, iodine and magnesium.

How to include it in your diet?

  • Pan fried fish with vegetables
  • Fish curry
  • Steamed fish dishes
  • Along with vegetables in salad

FitterTake

While grains form the staple or foundational food in our diet, they are high in starch and cause a spike in blood sugar levels. Foods that spike blood sugar levels are not recommended for people with diabetes, prediabetes or insulin resistance.

Need help creating a diet plan to manage your blood sugar levels? Consult a dietician today. To learn more, speak to us or simply give us a missed call at 08069450746, and we will reach out to you.

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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Why is it important to focus on foods that reduce blood sugar levels?

Consuming foods that are high in sugar cause a spike in blood glucose levels. Doing so over a period of time results in the development of insulin resistance and eventually type 2 diabetes. Consuming sugar-rich foods also causes other chronic conditions like obesity.

How do foods contribute to blood sugar regulation?

Blood sugar levels rise after eating food. When you eat food, it is digested and is absorbed by blood. Consuming foods rich in starch and other carbohydrates causes a rise in blood glucose levels.

What are the key nutrients in foods that aid in reducing blood sugar?

Proteins, fibre and healthy fats are three components in food that prevent a spike in blood sugar levels. These components also help lower blood sugar levels.

How quickly can dietary changes impact blood sugar levels?

Bringing down your blood sugar levels is not easy. If you follow a healthy diet recommended by a dietician, exercise regularly, sleep well and manage your stress, you can see your blood glucose levels drop in as early as two to three weeks. However, this varies for every individual and so, always listen to your doctor’s advice.

Are there any potential side effects or considerations when focusing on these foods?

Eating low glycemic index foods is healthy and recommended for people with diabetes. They are safe and usually do not cause any side effects.

What nuts and seeds are recommended for blood sugar control?

While nuts are seeds are healthy and recommended for blood sugar control, some nuts and seeds are better than the rest.

Why are whole grains beneficial for reducing blood sugar levels?

Whole grains can cause a rise in blood sugar levels. However, since they have a low glycemic index, they do not affect blood sugar levels as quickly as other carbohydrates.

Can legumes be included in a diet for better blood sugar management?

Legumes are low glycemic index foods and therefore, do not significantly increase blood sugar levels. A high intake of plant-based foods, including legumes, can help in better management of blood sugar levels.

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