Eggs

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There is a healthy debate about the pros and cons of significant egg consumption in the diet, particularly for those with diabetes. It’s believed that eggs can be helpful in preventing diabetes, but actually harmful to those who have it, or already have increased risk factors. In any case, the most important thing to know about eggs is that they provide a significant source of protein, and a number of other essential nutrients, all without contributing additional carbohydrates. This makes them a useful source of protein for diabetics when consumed in moderation (no more than 3 a week or so).

Cinnamon

It might surprise you to see cinnamon on a list like this, however, there is some evidence to suggest it has benefits for diabetics. Some studies have revealed a potential interaction between cinnamon and blood sugar levels, where regular cinnamon intake has decreased blood sugar. Information as recent as 2012 has indicated cinnamon’s potential. The general consensus is that cinnamon preps the body for blood sugar by stimulating insulin production and activity. Because cinnamon mileage varies based on the type of cinnamon, it may be best to think of cinnamon primarily as a supplement to regular diabetes medication and treatment.

Legumes

Legumes

You may think of legumes as just a source of protein, but it turns out they have benefits for diabetic patients as well. For starters, their status as protein powerhouses is true: they are a clean source of protein that has no negative effect on blood pressure, which is quite beneficial for diabetics, for whom high blood pressure is a concern. Additionally, they contain high levels of fiber. This is important because fiber slows the breakdown and absorption of sugar. This helps control blood sugar. Legumes include beans, peas, peanuts, and lentils, which are all great options for healthy eating.


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