Fruits are definitely an vital staple of one’s diet. Whether anyone has Type 2 Diabetes or not, fruits come alomg with fiber, vitamins and minerals which arecritical for a complete balanced diet. It is a well known fact that for people with Diabetes Type 2, they can still enjoy the benefits of fruits, except those fruits which contain high levels of carbs and sugars and that can have an effect to increase your blood sugar levels. Choosing fruit ? Opt for fresh fruit. If fresh fruits aren't an option, use dried or frozen fruits with no added sugar.
You must include fruits with a low Glycemic Index to control your Type 2 Diabetes, which is best for your health. The fruits with low Glycemic Index include Cherries, Prunes, Grapefruit, Dried Apricots, Raisins, Peach (canned juice), Apple, fresh Pear, Strawberries, Plum, Guava, Orange, Grapes, Papaya, Banana, Kiwi, Pineapple, Figs, and Mango.
Although watermelon has a high Glycaemic Index, the glycemic load per food serving (size of 120g) is low; so unless you consume lots in one go, it will not have a big effect on your blood glucose levels. So, a typical serving, because so much of it is water, contains very little carbohydrate and thus has a low glycemic load. However, since watermelon is high in sugar, you should still eat it in moderation.
You can consume these fruits either in raw or cooked form, or in the form of fruit juice, but with no added sugar! While buying fruits,Sufferers with Type II Diabetes are advised to try to buy small pieces. Try to avoid fruit juices. Instead opt for whole fruits since they contain more fiber and are more filling. Shopping for juices, closely watch the labels for : “unsweetened or extra-light,” or “no sugar added." Stay away from fruits that are frozen or canned in heavy syrup.
Vegetables supply vitamins, minerals and fiber. The best vegetable choices can be found to have low amounts of carbohydrates! A selection of vegetables suggested in a Type two Diabetes diet menu has Broccoli, Lettuce, Spinach, Cabbage, Asparagus, Brussels sprouts, Cauliflower, Radish, Turnip, Mushrooms, Green Peas, Soybean sprouts, Carrots, Onions, Peppers (all varieties), Green Beans, Eggplant, Celery, Cucumber, Zucchini, Tomatoes, Chilies, and could include vegetable juice.
Consume cooked or uncooked vegetables prepared with little or no fat, and with little or no dressings (or sauces). Opt for fat-free or low-fat dressings on salads, as well as on uncooked vegetables. When cooking with vegetables, go for some extra chopped garlic or onions. Make use of low-fat broths or water to steam the vegetables. You can include lemon juice or a little vinegar to add zest to vegetables. Individuals with Diabetes Type 2 can even put in some smoked turkey or a few pieces of lean ham with vegetables when cooking (for flavoring), rather than any other fats. Another good idea is to sprinkle your vegetables with spices, peppers, and many of the commonly available herbs. When the dish requires a proprtion of fat, try to use use the soft margarines, olive oil, or canola oil to replace place of butter or fatty meats.