Rainbow in your life, and plate – Veggies and Fruits for Diabetics

Dear diabetics, let’s add a rainbow to your life with colorful fruits and vegetables in your diabetic diet and make your life and diabetic food plate more colorful and zesty.

The best foods for diabetic patients are most often whole foods that are not processed, such as fruits and vegetables. Including these extra-healthy power foods in your diet will help meet your nutritional needs as well as lower your risk of diabetes complications such as heart disease and kidney problems. Of course, the diabetic food list shouldn’t just consist these as the only foods you eat, but incorporating some or all into your diabetes meal plan will help improve your overall health.

Now diabetics really don’t feel too bright about these healthy eating options as these often make the food plate look dull and colourless and limit their choices when it comes to foods to eat for diabetes.

But mother nature has gifted us a huge variety of brightly coloured fruits and vegetables as foods to control diabetes and these can colour your food palate to serve as a visual and taste delight.

    Red fruits and vegetables

Red fruits and vegetables are also high in nutrition while low in carbohydrates and give instant anti-oxidant boost to your health.
• Red Apple
• Red Bell Peppers
• Cranberries
• Watermelon
• Radishes
• Strawberries
• Red Carrot
• Red Onion
• Red Cabbage
• Tomatoes

    Orange/yellow fruits and vegetables

Orange fruits and vegetables are generally low in carbohydrates but rich in anti-oxidants, especially citrus fruits.

• Yellow Apples
• Pears
• Peaches
• Butternut Squash
• Yellow Bell Peppers
• Cantaloupe
• Orange Carrots
• Yellow Summer or Winter Squash
• Papaya
• Lemon
• Orange
• Yellow tomatoes

    Green fruits and vegetables

Green leafy vegetables are especially healthy for you, whether you are diabetic or not. Spinach, kale and parsley are packed with the vitamins and minerals your body needs while being relatively low in carbohydrates

• Green Apple
• Green Pepper
• Honeydew Melon
• Curry leaf
• Lettuce
• Asparagus
• Avocado
• Green Beans
• Broccoli
• Limes
• Peas
• Brussels sprouts
• Celery
• Spinach
• Cucumber
• Zucchini
• Green Cabbage
• Bitter Gourd
• Lady Finger
• Mint
• Kiwi
• Green onion
• Coriander leaf
• Cluster beans
• Guava

    Blue/purple fruits and vegetables

These protect the body against free radicals. Research shows that these foods also help prevent the development of many types of cancer.
• Blackberries
• Brinjal
• Blueberries
• Plums
• Prunes

    White fruits and vegetables

• White Onions
• Garlic
• Parsnips
• Ginger
• Turnips
• Cauliflower
• Mushrooms
• Radish

    Brown fruits and vegetables

• Almonds
• Brown Pear
• Ground nuts
• Walnut

Apart from this colourful diabetic diet, monitoring blood sugar regularly is important to maintain optimum health and sugar levels.

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