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If you or a loved one have diabetes, one of the things you constantly think about is what foods are safe to eat. Which foods will raise your blood sugar levels and which ones will keep them under control are some questions that people with type 2 diabetes often ask themselves.
One fruit that traditionally has the reputation for being healthy and also helpful in controlling blood sugar is Papaya. So, does eating papaya really help to control blood sugar levels, or is it just a myth? Let’s find out.
Glycemic Index, or GI, is a system that assigns a number or numeric value to foods based on how much carbohydrate they contain and how fast eating each of these can increase your blood sugar levels.
What you eat will have an impact on your overall blood sugar levels. Keeping track of the GI count of the foods you eat can help you understand how they affect your blood sugar levels.
It will also help you avoid certain foods or include some in your regular diet, depending on your specific needs.
Glycemic index, or GI, is usually divided into three categories:
The glycemic index of papayas is 60. This amount of GI is considered safe for people with diabetes to consume but in moderation.
Papaya seeds, leaves, and fruit are considered healthy and beneficial for various health issues, including diabetes.
According to the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture), papayas, both green and yellow, are very good for the control of blood sugar levels, as well as for the overall health of diabetics and diabetes control.
Once your doctor gives you the go-ahead, here are a few ways in which you can include green as well as yellow papaya in your daily diet:
Keeping its many health benefits in mind, eating papaya can be a good way to keep your blood sugar levels in check, as well as improve your diabetic health.
However, before you start eating papaya, make sure that you do speak to your diabetes care team and dietician/nutritionist to understand how much papaya is safe for you to eat, and follow medical advice as given.
Controlling blood sugar with diet is only one aspect of diabetes management or reversal. It is important to take a comprehensive approach that includes exercise, stress, and sleep management.
Fitterfly’s programs Diabefly, Diabefly Pro, and Diabefly Reverse are personalized programs that come with a team of dedicated coaches to focus on different aspects of diabetes management or reversal.
They can not only provide helpful information about what fruits are safe for you. But also help you form healthy habits that will help you sustain your progress for a lifetime.
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