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Sunday, June 24, 2007

The Colors of a Diabetes Diet

Brilliant red, eye-catching orange, formal black and virginal white-there is almost no end to the rainbow of dazzling colors which fruits and vegetables can lend to every diabetes diet. However, there is more to these wondrous fruits of nature than meets the eye.

Fruits and vegetables are generous reservoirs of invaluable minerals which modern diets may overlook. Some of them, especially through their peels, provide fiber to keep ageing lower digestive tracts in good working order. Everyone needs multiple daily servings of fruits and vegetables, but such a habit is especially helpful for people who suffer from diabetes.

A word of caution though, for mangoes, sweet limes, guavas, and grapes are prime examples of fruits which do much more harm to diabetes than any good. Similarly, vegetables which are fried or dressed with oil are unsuitable for diabetic diets.

Green is the color of nature, so it is a great place to start a palette of fruits and vegetables for diabetic meals. Spinach, lettuce, cabbage, and peas, offer not just delightful hues of green, but are full of health-giving ingredients of which every person with diabetes can plan relatively generous portions.

Brown is a natural partner for green. Beans come in a nearly endless variety, and some of the tastiest ones have earthy shades of brown. Ask your nutrition planner to add both color and health to your repertoire of greens with liberal touches of beans!

Where would we be without red and orange? Carrots and tomatoes are full of vitamins and anti-oxidants. No diabetic diet can do without them, and this is not just because of their cheerful colors. Peppers also come in shades of red and orange that can lend as much color to any table, as their nutrition benefits for diabetes management.

Black and white, are important colors in any picture and this applies to diabetic diets as well. Black beans, onions, mushrooms, and asparagus, are some delicious examples. You can add potatoes to the list, as long as you restrict intake, and stick to boiled or baked versions.

So go ahead and have a blast! Add a riot of color to every diabetic meal plan, and remember that there are sound benefits for diabetes management beneath every pile of low-sugar fruits and vegetables of every hue.