Delicious Diabetes Super Foods

Add these food favorites to your diabetes diet to help keep your blood sugar at goal.

Health Monitor Staff

Researchers have found that people with diabetes tend to have overactive immune systems. Result? Your body may be flooded with inflammatory chemicals that make cells less responsive to insulin. To the rescue: these diabetes super foods! They help reduce inflammation, making it easier to control blood sugar and providing other benefits, too.

Olive Oil
This monounsaturated fat helps lower blood sugar and improves insulin function. (Opt for extra virgin, which is not as processed.)

Foods high in omega-3s, like salmon, have been found to aid weight loss, improve blood vessel health and help people metabolize insulin.

Lentils, soybeans and other legumes are rich in soluble fiber, which has been shown to reduce inflammation and stabilize blood sugar.

Whole Grains
Brown rice, oats and other whole grains lower blood levels of C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation, and also improve your body’s response to insulin.

Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and other juicy gems fight inflammation and help regulate blood pressure.

March 2014