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A type 2 diabetes required diet is one that will allow you to lose weight and lower your blood sugar effectively. It is important to keep in mind that the diet a type 2 diabetic should eat is something he or she is expected to follow through with as a long-term goal. Deviating from healthy dietary habits when you are diabetic will only guarantee you a return of the symptoms you once had control over. Control over blood sugar prevents complications associated with diabetes, such as eye damage, nerve damage, heart disease, and kidney disease. By following the dietary tips listed below you can ward off these conditions and lead a healthier, longer life.
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Foods That Every Type 2 Diabetic Should Eat
The American Diabetes Association website has compiled a list of 10 super foods that they believe are most beneficial for diabetes. A type 2 diabetes required diet should include as much of these types of foods as possible. These foods have the nutrients that the typical western diet lacks. All these foods are rich in magnesium, calcium, fiber, potassium, and vitamins A, C, and E. In addition, these foods all have a low glycemic index. What this means is that it causes a more steady and gradual rise in blood sugar (You can find out more about low glycemic foods and the glycemic index at http://www.glycemicindex.com).
- Dark Green Leafy Vegetables - Eating things like spinach, kale, and collards are great for your health because they're low in calories and packed with essential nutrients. They thin the blood and are heart healthy as well.
- Beans - Nearly any type of beans are fine. A single serving of beans can have up to 1/3 of a day's worth of fiber.
- Sweet Potatoes - This is a low glycemic source of carbohydrate packed with fiber and loads of vitamin A.
- Citrus Fruits - Foods like lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruit are crammed with soluble fiber and help deliver your daily dose of vitamin C
- Tomatoes - This food comes with plenty of vitamin C and E, as well as iron, no matter how you prepare it - raw, puree, or as a sauce.
- Berries - Berries are filled with vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants. They're great for anyone who wants to satisfy a sweet tooth.
- Fat-Free Milk and Yogurt - These foods come packed with calcium and vitamin D.
- Fish High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids - Stay away from breaded and deep fried fish. Go for broiled or baked fish like Salmon.
- Nuts - An ounce of nuts can keep you feeling full while giving you a good dose of magnesium and fiber. Some nuts even contain omega-3 fatty acids.
- Whole Grains - Your best bet to staying healthy is going after the bran and the germ of the grain. They both contain the essential nutrients that grains can offer such as chromium, magnesium, foliate, and even some omega-3 fatty acids. Pearled barley and oatmeal are great choices for whole grain products.
It's important to note that all of the important foods that should be part of the required diet of a type 2 diabetic cannot be listed here. By no means should anyone limit themselves to only these foods. Variety is important when it comes to a healthy diet.
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With All This Talking What Has Been Said?
The type 2 diabetes required diet does more for your body than just help you maintain blood sugar. Because it does not indulge in excess calories it helps you lose weight. Fat loss, especially around the mid section is important when trying to control blood sugar levels. Body fat decreases the effectiveness of insulin. Furthermore, the types of foods included in this diet are beneficial in many other ways. The high fruit, fiber, and vegetable content reduces the risk of heart disease and various cancers. The low-fat diary that the diet recommends helps maintain bone mass. The diet recommended for type 2 diabetics is really a diet everyone should eat.