ADA Touts Its New List of Diabetes “Superfoods”

The American Diabetes Association has released a list of “superfoods” it says “have necessary nutrients for good diabetes management, including fiber, potassium, healthy fats, magnesium and antioxidants.”

The superfoods list includes:

  • Beans
  • Dark green leafy vegetables
  • Citrus fruit
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Berries
  • Tomatoes
  • Fish with omega-3 fatty acids
  • Whole grains
  • Nuts
  • Fat-free milk and yogurt

According to the ADA, the foods have a low glycemic index, which means that the body metabolizes them more slowly than other foods, allowing for greater blood sugar control. The association also says the food group contains nutrients and vitamins that Western diets typically lack, such as calcium, potassium, fiber, magnesium, and vitamins A, C, and E.

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