Having a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is known to be beneficial for people with type 2 diabetes. But is it safe to consume all fruits and vegetables assuming they may help reduce the risk of diabetes? If so, do you first need to be aware of certain points about the fruits and vegetables you choose?
Find out whether eating pomegranates can reduce the risk of developing or worsening diabetes, or if everything you heard was a myth.
The Glycemic Index (GI) is a system that assigns a number or numeric value to foods based on how much carbohydrate they contain and how quickly eating each of these can raise 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 consume can help you understand how they will affect your blood sugar levels. This will also help you avoid certain foods, and include some in your regular diet, depending on your specific needs.
Glycemic index (GI), is usually divided into three categories:
The glycemic index of pomegranates is 35. This amount of GI comes under the low GI score and is considered extremely safe for diabetics to consume.
A glycemic index of 35 also means that eating pomegranates will not raise your blood sugar levels because they will get digested slowly in the body.
Including pomegranates in your regular diet can provide a slew of health benefits. Here are some of the ways that eating pomegranates can help reduce the risk of developing or worsening diabetes:
In addition to all the above, including pomegranates in your regular diet plan can have the following health benefits:
As with any other foods that you consume, remember that too much of anything is bad for your overall health, and eating in moderation is the key. With many health benefits for diabetes and your overall health, eating pomegranates can be a healthy way to keep your blood sugar levels in check. This will reduce your risk of diabetes, as well as improve your general diabetic health.
However, before you start eating pomegranates or make them more frequent in your diet, make sure that you do speak to your diabetes care team. This will enable you to understand how much pomegranate is safe for you to eat and follow medical advice as given. Using a continuous glucose monitor or a smart glucometer (as in Diabefly with Accu-Chek), you can track your personalized glycemic index which allows you to understand just how much what you eat is affecting your blood sugar levels. Nutrition coaches from Diabefly and Diabefly Pro can use this data and create a plan that not just suits your preferences and blood sugar levels but also your lifestyle. What are you waiting for? Call our expert 022 48971077 (EXT 1) today!
In addition, do exercise regularly to get the maximum results out of your diabetes health care plan. Take care.
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