Keeping our blood sugar levels low is extremely important. With an increasing number of people suffering from diabetes and prediabetes; it has never been more important to be aware of the food that we are putting into our bodies. Especially in order to keep our blood sugar at a healthy level.
Although there are no foods that directly lower blood sugar there are certain things that you can eat that have a low Glycemic Index (GI). These foods will help to keep your blood sugar at a healthy level and will help you to avoid sudden sugar spikes. So read on for our top foods for helping to lower high sugar levels and fight against diabetes.
Avocados are an all-around winner as they offer so many health benefits. They contain polyunsaturated fatty acids and monounsaturated fatty acids that are extremely important of any healthy blood sugar eating plan. They can also improve insulin sensitivity and can also have a healthy impact on blood pressure and inflammation.
Recent studies have revealed that avocados can also lower the risk of metabolic syndrome; which can increase the risk of diabetes. Therefore it works in many different ways to keep blood sugar level working to avoid many other problems. So whether you integrate avocado on toast as a new breakfast dish, or whether you make delicious guacamole once or twice a week, integrating avocado into your weekly diet is really important.
Omega 3 Fish
Fish with omega-3 fatty acids are just about some of the best things that you can eat. As protein allows the body to repair and maintain itself and as it doesn’t have a GI ranking it will not raise your blood sugar levels. As protein also makes you feel fuller for longer it is a much better way of filling yourself up than with blood sugar raising foods such as bread, pasta and rice.
If you are unsure about your current level of blood sugar then you can do an blood sugar chart. Once you have a better idea of what your blood sugar levels are you will then be able to determine how much you need to adapt and change your diet. Adding omega-3 fatty acids is one of the best things that you can do to change your diet for the better so that you feel fuller for longer without spiking your blood sugar levels. The best fish for these healthy oils are salmon, tours, mackerel, halibut and albacore tuna.
Everyone loves a bit of garlic and the good news is that it also has the potential to help manage our blood sugar levels. Regularly eating garlic can lower fasting blood glucose, which is basically your blood sugar when you haven’t eaten for a while. It doesn’t have a GI ranking so it works well in maintaining a low and healthy blood sugar level.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar contains an acetic acid which reduces certain enzymes in the stomach. It can also improve the insulin sensitivity in your body after meals. So adding just a little apple cider vinegar into your salads will, like all the above ingredients, go a long way in helping you to manage your blood sugar levels and keep them at a low and healthy level, long-term.
Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.