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Diabetes Management: Here's How Tomatoes May Help Manage Blood Sugar Levels

14 October, 2018 6:24 AM
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Diabetes Management: Here's How Tomatoes May Help Manage Blood Sugar Levels

Diabetes management: This tangy delight that has been a part of your curries, soups and salads is one of the most nutritious additions you can make to your diabetes diet, here's why.

One fruit that is said to be an ideal pick for diabetics is tomato. This tangy delight that has been a part of your curries, soups and salads is one of the most nutritious additions you can make to your diabetes diet, here's why.

Tomatoes offer a bundle of health benefits. They are loaded with potassium, vitamin C and lycopene. Lycopene is a pigment that gives tomatoes its signature colour; helps reduce risk of heart disease and prevent macular degeneration too. What makes tomatoes a diabetic superfood is its low carbohydrate content. People with diabetes are often asked to check their carbohydrate intake. Carbohydrates, especially the refined kinds, get metabolised quickly and causes blood sugar spike. Tomatoes are non-starchy and also have a low glycaemic index. The glycemic index is a relative ranking of carbohydrate in foods. About 140 grams of tomato has a GI of less than 15, which makes it a low GI food and an excellent food for diabetics. Any food that has a GI score lower than 55 is good for diabetics. Tomatoes also have low-calories, which help you keep your weight in check. Diabetics often face a lot of problems with their weight. Including tomatoes in your diet may help maintain healthy weight.

As per a study published in International Journal of food Science and Nutrition, 200 grams of raw tomato (or about 1.5 medium tomatoes) each day reduced blood pressure in people with type-2 diabetes. It was also found that tomato consumption might help reduce cardiovascular risk that's associated with type-2 diabetes.

The best part about tomatoes is that you can have them both raw and in cooked forms. Just choose fresh tomatoes and cut them up in small pieces and enjoy them with a sprinkle of rock salt. You can soup them or throw them in salads and sprouts too. Tomatoes make for a great sandwich filling and a great topping for veggies and chicken.

Source: ndtv.com

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