Diabetics as well as those who often feel the need to eat something sweet even though they may not be hungry, should include foods in their diet that naturally manage blood sugar levels: stevia, cinnamon, peas, brewer’s yeast and oatmeal.
In this article we’ll show you the secrets of these miracle foods and how you can use them to benefit from their powerful medicinal properties.
The first food with the ability to naturally manage blood sugar levels that we’d like to tell you about is stevia.
This plant from Paraguay has become popular in the last few years as a healthy alternative to sugar and artificial sweeteners, as it not only sweetens but also has therapeutic properties.
Many people who suffer from diabetes type II have been able to naturally stabilize this disease by regularly consuming this plant.
You can use the leaves, either fresh or dried, or a pure extract.
Avoid the popular stevia sweeteners as they contain very little of the actual plant and have been so refined that they no longer contain any medicinal properties.
This delicious and aromatic spice is able to lower glucose as well as cholesterol and lipid levels in the blood. It can even keep these levels down for a short time after taking it.
According to studies, cinnamon increases the body’s sensitivity to insulin, which controls glucose levels. It’s further beneficial due to its antioxidant content.
The variety of cinnamon with the most potent medicinal properties is known as Ceylon. It can be taken as a tablet, eaten with foods or prepared as a tea.
It makes a delicious drink when cooked with vegetable milk (almond, hazelnut, oat or rice) for 15 minutes. Add a little cocoa or vanilla extract according to your preferences.
The recommended daily dose to regulate high blood sugar is between 1-6 grams or about a teaspoon of powdered cinnamon a day.
Peas, also known as vegetable insulin, help manage blood sugar levels due to their amazing nutritional values, mainly their fiber and protein content.
This legume balances the glycemic curve after eating, which is when it usually spikes. They also keep other foods from altering this index.
The healthiest peas are fresh and can be cooked with other vegetables or potatoes. They also go well with mushrooms and eggs.
They can also be found in an organic powdered form.
Brewer’s yeast is a medicinal food rich in vitamins and minerals, especially chromium. This mineral functions to regulate glucose levels and is an excellent supplement for diabetics and those with cravings for sweets.
It can be consumed as a powder, mixed with juice or yogurt, or taken in tablet form if you don’t like its slightly bitter taste. Some commercial brands have removed the bitterness to improve its taste.
We recommend reading: Benefits of Taking Brewer’s Yeast
Oats are healthy grains rich in soluble fiber. This type of fiber slows digestion and the absorption of carbohydrates, which reduces the glucose spikes and insulin response that occur after eating.
You can eat oatmeal for breakfast or even use it in sweet and savory dishes.
Oats are ideal for thickening soaps and creams, for giving consistency to smoothies, or combining with other flours to make biscuits and cookies.
You can also prepare a delicious oat drink that you can have everyday with breakfast or as a snack without getting tired of this nutritious food.