These Bitter Foods Can Help You In Diabetes Management

As per the World Health Organization, the global prevalence of diabetes among adults over 18 years of age has risen from 4.7% in 1980 to 8.5% in 2014. The statistics is quite shocking! WHO also states that diabetes may emerge to be the seventh leading cause of death in the year 2030!

Diabetes is a group of metabolic disorders in which there are high blood sugar levels over a prolonged period. The commonly witnessed symptoms of high blood sugar include frequent urination, increased thirst, and increased hunger.

Prevention and treatment involve maintaining a healthy diet, regular physical exercise, a normal body weight, and avoiding use of tobacco. Control of blood pressure and maintaining proper foot care are important for people with the disease.

An estimated 415 million people had diabetes worldwide as of the year 2015.

We have majorly heard and it’s quite common that diabetes patients are often asked to stay away from sugary foods as it may cause your blood sugar levels to rise. What many do not know that loading up on some low carb, bitter vegetables and foods could help in effective management of blood sugar levels.

So, here are some of the bitter foods that every diabetes patient must include in their diet on daily basis to manage diabetes better:  

  • Kale

Health and fitness freaks largely consume this green leafy salad leaves on daily basis as it is non-starchy. Kale is filled with lots of fibre and also helps in weight loss. It has the ability to induce satiety; it takes the longest to digest. This in turn ensures that it is not metabolized quickly, and do not cause spike in blood sugar levels.

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  • Bitter Gourd

I am sure no one likes this bitter vegetable but it has innumerable benefits. Bitter gourd as a bitter-pungent taste but once you develop the taste you will love binging n it all the time. Diabetics must include bitter gourd as it helps in making your insulin active, your sugar would be used adequately and not convert into fat. This will help in losing your weight. Bitter gourd contains an insulin-like compound called Polypeptide-p or p-insulin, which has been shown to control diabetes naturally.

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  • Spinach

This non-starchy and diabetic-friendly vegetable can definitely be included in the regular diet of a diabetic. It has a good amount of fibre, which prevents spike in blood sugar levels. Spinach is a rich source of vitamin A and lutein, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, magnesium, manganese, folate, iron, vitamin B2, calcium, potassium, vitamin B6, folic acid, and copper.

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Other foods which one can include in their diet are sesame seeds and fenugreek seeds. While the bitter sesame seeds help control blood sugar levels, fenugreek seeds help in regulating insulin resistance, making it more responsive and sensitive.

Published by Mamtha Reddy on 23 Jul 2018

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