What to eat’ and ‘what to avoid’ are certainly the most unnerving yet confusing question for someone suffering from diabetes.
Even though diabetes is basically a metabolic disorder caused by unhealthy lifestyle or in some cases heredity, experts believe striking the right balance of diet, exercise and sleep can help in managing diabetes effectively.
Interestingly, diet plays the most pivotal role and that’s why adding tomatoes to the daily diet can help in managing insulin levels naturally.
Can tomatoes actually help manage diabetes?
It is impossible to imagine South African meals without the inclusion of tomatoes and if you are a diabetic, then this addition is no less than a blessing in disguise. Tomato is that one fruit, which is loaded with nutrients that help in effectively managing diabetes. Tomato is rich in vitamin C, potassium and lycopene, which is an antioxidant and helps in repairing cells, improves heart health and reduces the risk of strokes. Here how adding tomatoes to the diet helps in managing insulin levels naturally.
How can tomatoes manage sugar levels?
Tomatoes are packed with dietary fibers and this provides satiety for a long period of time, which curbs odd hunger cravings and also helps in sustained release of sugar in the bloodstream. People suffering from diabetes are suggested to avoid refined carbs as it can instantly increase the sugar levels. On the other hand, tomatoes are non-starchy and are perfect for diabetics. Also, tomatoes have a low glycemic index and around 100 grams of tomatoes have a glycemic index of 23, which makes it a healthy diabetic friendly fruit.
How to add tomatoes to the diet?
Cooking fruits and veggies can often reduce the nutritional value, thus it is best to eat them raw or include tomatoes in salads, juices, smoothies, cold soups, sandwiches.
To make a quick tomato smoothie, just take 1 large tomato, 1/2 cup grated carrot, 3-4 coriander leaves, 1/2 inch ginger and 2 teaspoon lemon juice. Make a smooth blend, add in salt and pepper. Enjoy!