The 9 Best Diabetes Superfoods

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    An image of fresh red raspberriesTo manage diabetes, you need to eat right. As with all foods, there are certain foods that the experts, such as the American Diabetes Association (ADA), consider to be superfoods.

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    The ADA highly recommends that the below foods be incorporated into individualized diabetic meal plans. All of the foods listed have a low glycemic index or GI and provide key nutrients such as:

    • calcium

    • potassium

    • fiber

    • magnesium

    • vitamins A (as carotenoids), C, and E

    Beans

    Whether you prefer kidney, pinto, navy or black beans, you can’t find better nutrition than that provided by beans. They are very high in fiber giving you about 1/3 of your daily requirement in just a ½ cup and are also good sources of magnesium, and potassium.

    They are considered starchy vegetables but a ½ cup provides as much protein as an ounce of meat without the saturated fat. To save time you can use canned beans, but be sure to drain and rinse them to get rid of as much sodium as possible.

    Dark Green Leafy Vegetables

    Spinach, collards, kale – these powerhouse foods are so low in calories and carbohydrates, you can’t eat too much. Just be sure to prepare them healthfully.

    Citrus Fruit

    Grapefruit, oranges, lemons and limes. Pick your favorites and get part of your daily dose of soluble fiber and vitamin C.

    Sweet Potatoes

    A starchy vegetable packed full of vitamin A and fiber. Try in place of regular potatoes for a lower GI alternative.

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