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Looking for a way to lower blood pressure, cholesterol, blood glucose, and risks for life-threatening chronic diseases? People with many health conditions, including diabetes, need to closely monitor their blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose. With this in mind, the American Diabetes Association released its list of diabetes superfoods earlier this week. The list offers 10 foods that have nutrients necessary for good diabetes management, including fiber, potassium, healthy fats, magnesium and antioxidants. The nutrients included in these foods can promote good health and help prevent some of diabetes serious complications, such as heart attacks and strokes.
The beauty of this list of superfoods is that all of the items have a low glycemic index (GI) and provide key nutrients-such as calcium, potassium, fiber, magnesium, and vitamins A, C and E-these nutrients are often lacking in a typical Western diet. The following list comes directly from the American Diabetes Association:
1. Beans. Whether you prefer kidney, pinto, navy or black beans, you can't find more nutritious foods than beans. Their high fiber content gives you nearly one-third of your daily requirement in just 1/2 cup. Beans are also are good sources of magnesium and potassium, important nutrients for people with diabetes. Although they are considered starchy vegetables, a 1/2 cup provides as much protein as an ounce of meat without the saturated fat. To learn about cooking dried beans, see Cool Beans.
2. Dark green leafy vegetables. These powerhouse foods such as spinach, collards, and kale are so low in calories and carbohydrates, you can eat as much as you want.
3. Citrus fruit. Grapefruit, oranges, lemons and limes provide part of your daily dose of soluble fiber-important for heart health-and vitamin C.
4. Sweet potatoes. This starchy vegetable is packed full of fiber and vitamin A (as carotenoids)-important for vision health. Try these in place of regular potatoes for a lower GI alternative.
5. Berries. Blueberries, strawberries and other varieties are packed with antioxidants, vitamins and fiber. Make a parfait alternating the fruit with light, non-fat yogurt for a new favorite dessert.
6. Tomatoes. Everyone can find a favorite with this old standby. No matter how you like your tomatoes-pureed, raw, or in a sauce-you're eating vital nutrients like vitamin C, iron, and vitamin E.
7. Fish with omega-3s. Salmon, albacore tuna, mackerel, halibut, and herring are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for heart health. Stay away from the breaded and deep fried fish. They don't count toward your goal of 6-9 ounces of fish per week.
8. Whole grains. These grains, such as pearled barley and oatmeal, are loaded with fiber, potassium, magnesium, chromium, omega-3 fatty acids and folate. The germ and bran of the whole grain contain the important nutrients a grain product has to offer. Processed grains, like bread made from enriched wheat flour, do not have these vital nutrients.
9. Nuts. An ounce of nuts can go a long way in providing key healthy fats along with hunger management. Nuts also give you a dose of magnesium and fiber. Some nuts and seeds, such as walnuts and flax seeds, also contain omega-3 fatty acids.
10. Fat-free milk and yogurt. Everyone knows dairy can help build strong bones and teeth. In addition to calcium, many fortified dairy products are a good source of vitamin D. More research is emerging on the connection between vitamin D and good health.

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Looks like a YMMV thing. Many of the items on the list are foods I avoid, since they spike my blood sugar.
 

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I have to be careful with some of these superfoods too, since I'm not on insulin & can't manage the spike so well. But just tonight I rolled up some beef/bean burritos in whole-wheat/high-fiber/low carb tortillas, so we'll see in a couple hours what the damage is! :D It should be diffused, since I loaded mine up with sour cream & diced a whole avocado on top! My goodness it was delicious! Yummm! :cool:

And I have a 2# sweet potato (just one tater - it's HUGE!) over on the counter which will be our dinner tomorrow, I think, with a pork chop alongside. You can buy lots of sweet taters for not much money around here & you can GROW 'em even cheaper. They're easy to grow.

Speaking of citrus . . . I'm getting a LOTTA mileage outta green tea, flavored with a coupla drops of lemon oil & sweetened with saccharin. I've about given up my coffee, since two tbsp. of cream was adding 200 calories every cupful!
 

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I love white sweet potatoes with the pale yellow interior, much better that the orange. A more mellow taste and one of my favorite veggies.
 

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I rolled up some beef/bean burritos in whole-wheat/high-fiber/low carb tortillas, so we'll see in a couple hours what the damage is . . .
Guess I'll have to eat these more often . . . I was 117 at 2 hours. Can't complain about that.
 

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Shanny, I eat my burritos and tortillos at Taco Bell and they are very high carb. I wish I could make low carb Tortillas. Glad you can eat them and havd a good BG in 2 hrs.
 

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The ones I use are from La Tortilla Factory - I think you could find more information by Googling La Tortilla Factory Smart and Delicious . . . they're only five net carbs per tortilla.
 

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone, Hope you had a great time during the holiday

I just watched this incredible lecture about diet on youtube and though I should let you know about this. It's called Sugar: The bitter truth

Just paste this in youtube and watch it as soon as possible watch?v=dBnniua6-oM

Have a great weekend and a terrific new year
 

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Diet is so important in managing, and curing diabetes. This information is important because the effects of diet on the blood sugar are often understated, or ignored. It also takes some knowledge to everything right, though.. because some fruits that have benefits, also contain lots of natural sugar. It's all about balance.
 

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It takes knowledge and it also takes trial and error to get your diet in balance, and there is NO cure for diabetes at the present time. There is control; there is even good control to the degree than symptoms disappear, but the patient still has diabetes - they have not been cured - any lessening of the restrictions on diet, and the high readings will return in a flash.

The natural sugar in fruits can elevate blood glucose just as fast as full sugar soda pop, which is why orange juice is often the treatment of choice when a person's blood glucose drops dangerously low.

So use your meter and test to determine which foods you can tolerate and which ones raise your readings higher than is safe. That's the trial and error part, and the knowledge part is what you learn from the trial & error.
 

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HealthWyze, you are sounding like a broken record here, nothing useful to say just trying to pimping your agenda. Diet is important. But it can't cure it for type 1. I'm a type 1, done various low carb or no carb diets including the neanderthin diet during a period when I was without insurance and insulin and trying to survive. I think that was the worst decission I ever made, there is no substitute for insulin. Well maybe stem cells, or a pill one day ;)

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I'm sorry for sounding like such a broken record. I really am just trying to help. The neanderthin diet is not something that I would recommend, but I appreciate that you have experimented with alternatives. You're right when you say that there is no substitute for insulin. You can also reverse insulin resistance. Perhaps this will help to clear things up:

Special Investigative Report: Curing Diabetes Naturally and Holistically

For what it's worth, it is very unlikely for a pill to ever cure a systemic disease like diabetes. Even if they did find a cure in a pill, would it be made available? Such a pill would destroy the $multi-million industry which caters to diabetes. Just a thought.

Take care

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I used to be a big snacker (chips, candy, etc.). When watching TV I just have to snack. I've replaced chips with frozen fruit. Popping frozen raspeberries is a great and healthy alternative to high carb chips.

. Another good combo is frozen strawberries drizzld with balsamic vinegar (1g carbs for a tablespoon). The combination sounds crazy but is quite common in Italy (though usually with fresh strawberries). Give it a try
 
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