Remedial Vegetable for Diabetics
The main reason why it is said to have a low carbohydrate food is good for a diabetic is because non-starchy or low-carbohydrate vegetables are full of minerals, fiber and vitamins as well as being low in calories. They are also said to fight against cancer also.
1. Lady’s Finger / Okra:
An excellent blood sugar stabilizer. Rich in Magnesium, soluble fiber, zinc, potassium and vitamins A, B6, C, K. The seeds even contain alpha-glucosidase inhibitors that stop starches from converting into glucose. The fibers present in okra regulate the rate at which sugar is absorbed from one’s intestinal tract. Best results are obtained when each ladies finger is cut vertically and soaked in water over night. This water when drank every morning on empty stomach gives effective results. Boil, steam or lightly stir fry in olive oil.
An antioxidant vegetable to one’s diet. Very rich source of fiber, manganese, vitamin B6, K and C too. A natural source of electrolytes and minerals like calcium, potassium, phosphorous, iron and magnesium. It is advised that instead of taking a multi vitamin, one can add cabbage to his diet. Rich in riboflavin, pantothenic acid and thiamin. All these controls blood pressure. The iron helps in forming blood cells too. Boil, steam or lightly stir fry in olive oil.
A cabbage family vegetable with high in fiber and vitamin A and C. It’s low in carbohydrate and a non starchy veggie. It is found in a study that sulforaphanes found in broccoli, activates the enzyme that limits the damage of the blood vessels due to high blood sugar. Boil, steam or lightly stir fry in olive oil.
4. Bitter Gourd:
A God made blood purifier vegetable. It has many beneficial compounds like alkaloids, phenolics, glycosides, saponins, polypeptides, sterols, 17-amino acids, p-insulin, oils and free acids. Boil, steam or lightly stir fry in olive oil.
Kale is major source of dietary fiber. It is full of antioxidant. Kale contains vitamin B1, B2, B6, C, E, calcium, copper, potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, manganese etc.