We all know that making health-conscious food choices are important. This is even more true for those who are managing a condition like diabetes. It’s also important to remember that not all foods carry the same nutritional weight. For example, all greens are good for us, but kale is better than iceberg lettuce.
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While the nutrient content in food is certainly one factor to be mindful of, those with diabetes must also be aware of their glycemic index (GI) in order to properly manage their blood sugar levels. Thankfully, the following 13 foods are both nutritious and have a low GI, making them especially good eats for those with diabetes.
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Tomatoes are part of the non-starchy fruit family, all of which have low GI scores—meaning they raise a person’s blood sugar more slowly. Additionally, a study has found that eating about 1.5 medium tomatoes per day can reduce blood pressure and “might help reduce cardiovascular risk that’s associated with type 2 diabetes,” says Healthline.
And, whether raw or cooked, tomatoes are a rich source of the nutrient lycopene, which the source indicates is “a powerful substance that may reduce the risk of cancer (especially prostate cancer), heart disease, and macular degeneration.”