Are you a diabetic? Try these 5 power foods

In case you are a diabetic,stick to these 5 power foods to help you fight against it.

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Studies have revealed that diabetes is growing at an alarming rate in India, mostly resulting from unhealthy eating habits, stress and lack of physical activity. In case you are a diabetic, stick to these 5 power foods to help you fight against it.

Citrus Fruits: Studies show that people with diabetes tend to have lower levels of vitamin C in their bodies, so antioxidant-packed citrus fruit is a great snack choice. Grapefruit, oranges, lemons and limes have insulin-like properties which check Type-2 diabetes.

Wild salmon is the perfect medicinal food for people with diabetes. It is an extremely high source of Omega-3 essential fatty acids that are crucial for reducing inflammation and lowering blood sugar levels. The presence of Omega-3s also reduces one’s risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.

Dark green leafy vegetables: A diet high in green leafy vegetables can reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes. Spinach, collards, kale turnip green, broccoli, cabbage, lettuce – these powerhouse foods are extremely low in calories and carbohydrates. Research reveals that eating at least a serving and a half of green leafy vegetables every day reduces diabetes risk by 14 percent.

Oatmeal: Diabetics could have a much better chance of keeping their blood sugar levels under control most of the day if they begin their day with oats. A type of fiber found in oats Beta-glucan has shown beneficial effects in people who have diabetes. Heart-healthy oatmeal is packed with soluble fiber which slows the absorption of glucose from food in the stomach keeping blood-sugar levels under control.

Nuts: Recent studies reveal those who eat peanuts every day cut their risk of developing diabetes by as much as 21 percent. An ounce a day of walnuts, almonds, or cashews can work wonders.People who eat nuts regularly have lower rates of heart disease than people who don`t eat them. An ounce of nuts can go a long way in providing key healthy fats along with hunger management.