Broccoli may not be quite as exciting as dark chocolate, but those trying to combat type 2 diabetes should be excited. Broccoli contains sulforaphane, a natural compound that improves glucose tolerance and inhibits glucose production. Researchers think that sulforaphane may be a valuable addition to existing diabetes medications. And it’s a great source of potassium, fiber, and folic acid.
Not a big broccoli fan? We think this Even Better Broccoli Salad recipe really takes it to the next level, but we recommend low-fat mayo or mayo substitute.
You knew this one was coming, didn’t you? But berries are so good for you! Blueberries especially should play a starring role in your diet. Researchers found that two blueberry smoothies a day reduced insulin sensitivity when the smoothies replaced other calories in the subjects’ diets. Blueberries are chock-full of antioxidants, vitamin C, and fiber. And the anthocyanins found in berries like strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries help to reduce risk for type 2 diabetes.
Try this fiber-rich and delicious berry smoothie recipe for a power-packed breakfast!
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