Heart attacks, type 2 diabetes, stroke, blindness, dialysis, erectile dysfunction...these are all conditions that can be caused by having unbalanced blood sugar. One way to keep your blood sugar in check is by eating smaller meals more times per day. Including certain food items in your diet will also ensure that your blood sugar is stable.
Here are five healthy and delicious foods that can help stabilize your blood sugar.
Sometimes fat, muscle, and liver cells can become resistant to insulin and thus stop functioning correctly. This leaves the glucose you're consuming with no place to go, ultimately causing sugar to accumulate in your blood. Blueberries lower your blood sugar by improving your insulin sensitivity. The result is a much-reduced risk of developing diabetes.
Eggs are loaded with protein, vitamins, minerals, and even healthy fats. This plus the fact that they are low in carbohydrates equates to eggs being a great option for keeping your blood sugar levels low. The American Diabetes Association has even begun to recommend eating eggs to people who already have diabetes.
Keeping blood sugar levels down requires eating foods that are low in both sugar and carbohydrates. Avocados not only meet these standards, but they are also known to control blood sugar spikes when eaten with other foods. Because of an avocado's high content of healthy fats and fiber, it digests more slowly and absorbs other carbohydrates in that process. In short, avocados are an excellent choice for anyone looking to keep their blood sugar levels low.
Studies have shown that a person's blood sugar levels are much less likely to rise after a meal if the meal includes olive oil. This is due to the fact that olive oil is high in the monosaturated fat that increases insulin sensitivity.
Muscle and liver cells have been shown to have an increased insulin response time as a result of eating cinammon. Even better—including even a small amount of cinammon in your daily diet, a half a teaspoon, will lower your blood sugar levels significantly over time.