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Before I discuss with you the many ways in which kiwi fruit benefits diabetes – I wanted to share with you a 2 startling facts I recently came across………..
Did you know that type 2 diabetes is one of the fasting growing chronic health conditions – and even more shocking is the fact that many people are walking around completely unaware they have it!
Anyway – back to how kiwifruit can benefit your diabetes.
If you’ve got type 2 diabetes you know the food you eat can have a major impact on your blood sugar levels.
Unfortunately, the foods we like are the foods that produce the most negative effects – you know – the cookies, cakes, candy and soda drinks.
These foods are all high in sugar, which are unhealthy anyway, but with diabetes they can send your blood sugar levels through the roof.
That’s why managing your diet becomes a very important responsibility, especially if you want to avoid the complications associated with diabetes.
Not All Sugars Are Bad For You
Eating a healthy diet is an effective way to keep your blood glucose levels balanced and under control – and for diabetics this means foods that are low in sugar, salt and fat.
Just because foods, such as fruit, taste ‘sweet’ doesn’t mean you should avoid them if you’re a diabetic. Yes, fruits contain sugars, but this isn’t the stripped down – nutrient deficient – version you get in cakes and cookies.
Fruits – like the kiwifruit – contain simple sugars known as fructose. Fructose is similar to refined sugar as it can be digested by the body easily. It enters our blood stream quickly, but unlike refined sugars found in chocolate and sodas, fructose is slow releasing – and for diabetics – this is very important.
Slow releasing means your body cannot use fructose in its original form. It has to be converted into glucose. This conversion process slows down the release of these sugars into your cells and bodies metabolism.
In this way, your blood sugar levels do not spike up and down as they would by eating foods containing refined sugars.
Another Kiwifruit benefit for diabetes is the carbohydrate called inositol, which is well known to help regulate insulin levels.