#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: Foods That Lower Blood Sugar

Q: Hello, please I want you to tell me the exact food, which will lower blood sugar level in the body. thanks

A: If you are diabetic, the first thing to do is to ensure that you work out a meal plan you’re your nutritionist/dietician. Your doctor will, most likely, refer you to one.

Understanding the glycemic index of food will also be helpful. This index is a measure that ranks foods that contain carbohydrates on a scale of 0 to 100. The higher the number, the faster the food is digested, causing fluctuations in the blood sugar level and the lower the number, the slower the food is digested causing less fluctuations in the blood sugar level. So the focus should be on foods with low glycemic index.

So here goes: principles of low glycemic eating:

Eat a lot of beans (any and every type), non-starchy veggies (garlic, onions, leeks, chives, cabbage, broccoli, lettuce, tomatoes, peppers etc) and fruits like apples, berries, peaches and pears.

Eat a lot of grains in their natural state like natural granola, brown or local rice and muesli cereal

Reduce your intake of concentrated sweets like fruit juices (no more than half a cup daily…if you must) and other sugar loaded or sweetened drinks. You should definitely be guided by your nutritionist here

Load up on healthy proteins like fish, skinless chicken and beans…again 

Reduce your intake of refined grain products like white bread and polished rice.

Reduce your intake of bad fats by avoiding fast foods and limiting your intake of animal products. Focus on healthy oils like Olive oil and nuts like almonds etc. However, even these should be taken in moderation as even healthy oils are full of calories!  It appears as if you just can’t win!

Be sure to take your breakfast and eat 3 meals with a snack or 2 (healthy options, of course)

Finally, remember to eat slowly to give enough time for your stomach tell your brain that you’re full…and then stop!

All the best!

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