How foods affect blood glucose levels

Different foods have different effects on blood sugar levels.

Read more on which foods may help you regulate blood sugar levels in this article.

Keywords: food, blood sugar, blood glucose, glycemic index, lower blood sugar levels

Carbohydrates, protein and fiber

Carbohydrates are the best source of energy and are rapidly converted into glucose. Carbohydrates affects blood glucose levels. If you eat too much of carbohydrates fluctuations in blood sugar (glucose in the blood) may occur.

In order to avoid fluctuations of blood sugar levels, you should balance your meal by including fiber and protein. Proteins stimulate the secretion of hormones that suppress fast decomposition of sugar into glucose, therefore some protein should be consumed at each meal.

cherriesCherries contain anthocyanins, a powerful antioxidants that increase the production of insulin.

If you add fiber to your meal as well, the decomposition process of converting sugar to glucose is even slower. For example, if you eat a meal only containing pasta with some sauce, the blood sugar levels rise rapidly, but also drop down quickly. If you add few pieces of meat, fish, tofu or green beans to pasta and sauce, the process of converting sugar to glucose will be much slower.

Foods that regulate blood sugar levels

Foods that regulate blood sugar levels are:

  • cabbage,
  • peas and asparagus (because they contain little carbohydrates and a lot of minerals),
  • lettuce,
  • oats (which contains the amino acid ornithine that has the function of reducing blood sugar),
  • lentils,
  • apples and pears (apples and pears have lots of minerals),
  • cherries (cherries contains a special type of sugar called laevulose – this kind of sugar does not harm diabetic patients),
  • the wild strawberry (has a lot of vitamin C),
  • and bananas (bananas are suitable because they contain vitamin B6, which is essential for digestion of sugars!).
  • In addition, these foods are known to lower blood sugar levels because they contain insulin-like hormone.

  • Garlic,
  • onion,
  • red chicory,
  • dandelion,
  • chicory and chicory.
  • It is strongly advised for diabetics to consume lettuce which is full of minerals, including magnesium without which metabolism of sugar is disturbed. Almonds, spinach, soybeans, cereals, cocoa, figs, sunflower seeds and pumpkin contain a lot of magnesium, too. Magnesium affects the release of insulin into the blood.

    Did you know that:
    -cherries contain a lot of anthocyanins, which are powerful antioxidants that can increase the production of insulin by as much as 50 percent.
    -cinnamon helps the cells to absorb glucose from the blood. According to one U.S. survey half a teaspoon of cinnamon per day for 40 days can significantly reduce blood sugar. Put cinnamon in everything – even in your favorite tea!


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