EVOO, ONE OF THE FOODS THAT DIABETICS MUST HAVE DAILY.

By: Ofentse Sefolo

Being diagnosed with diabetes can be scary. The transition from eating whatever you want to having to watch what you eat can be hard. Diabetes is directly linked with increased risk factors of heart disease and heart strokes. Therefore, it is essential for diabetic patients to effectively manage their weight, maintain an active lifestyle and closely monitor their glucose levels with the help of a healthy diet.

HOW? BY EATING BETTER AND CONSUMING THE FOLLOWING FOODS IN MODERATION;

  • Replacing trans fats and saturated fats with healthier unsaturated fats is essential for every single person, however, if you are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, the fats you consume play a powerful role in regulating your health and blood sugar levels. Heart-healing fats and healthy oils are extremely essential fat contributors for an effective blood sugar-regulating diet. Research reveals consuming Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) does not only aid in reducing the risk factors of diabetes, but also in improving the glucose usage of our cells due to its potently powerful anti-inflammatory benefits. It is highly advisable to use olive oil for all your cooking and garnishing purposes, you can even add it to your salad dressings, cold-water fish, seeds and even avocado sauces.

Willow Creek has created a vast variety of Flavoured Extra Virgin Olive Oils to keep every meal tasty and healthy at the same time.

In addition to Extra Virgin Olive Oil ,the following foods also play an important role in maintaining a good diet;

  1. Blueberries
  2. Oranges
  3. Chickpeas
  4. Dark Chocolate
  5. Plant based Meals
  6. Green Veggies
  7. Nuts and Peanut Butter
  8. Probiotics
  9. Cinnamon
  10. Bitter Melon

Remember that there are different types of diabetes, and no two people with diabetes are the same. So, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all way of eating for everyone with diabetes. Its advised that one speaks to a medical professional and gets a customised diet plan that will suit them. Making healthier food choices is important to manage your diabetes and to reduce your risk of diabetes complications.