If you have diabetes, it’s pretty safe to say you’ve had a lot of conversations about diet. Why? Well, for a couple reasons. For one, there are a lot of misconceptions out there that suggest diabetes is a condition caused by people eating too much sugar. But, obviously, we know that’s not the case.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition, and while type 2 is commonly associated with being overweight (sugar can definitely contribute to weight gain) and a sedentary lifestyle, there are many other risk factors, including family history, which predisposes an individual to developing the disease.
Secondly, diet is a crucial element of managing diabetes. Food plays a huge role in an individual’s blood glucose level, so considering what you’re eating and when, is vital to keeping your numbers balanced.
Luckily, a diabetic diet doesn’t actually look all that different from the same healthy diet that’s recommended to everyone– lots of veggies and fruits, healthy fats, lean protein, and whole grains. For most people, that doesn’t mean you can never indulge in some not-so-healthy foods, but it does mean that moderation is key. And finding ways to incorporate some foods that are particularly great for people with diabetes is always a good idea!
Garlic is one of these foods. In addition to being a great source of flavor to almost any savory dish, they’re also low in calories! Further, they’re rich in selenium, fiber, vitamin C, manganese, and vitamin B6. Plus, studies show it could actually help reduce blood sugar levels, triglycerides, cholesterol, and blood pressure, as well as lower the risk of atherosclerosis. Garlic is also loaded with antioxidants and has shown to help improve the body’s immune system.
So, take a look at the video below, and learn how to easily roast garlic bulbs, so you can have plenty on hand throughout the week to add to your favorite dish!
Enjoy, and make sure to let us know what you think in the comments below!
L.D. and her eleven-year-old lab, Eleanor Rigby Fitzgerald, moved from Seattle to Grand Rapids earlier this year, and are currently enjoying exploring their new city! She likes books, music, movies, running, and being outdoors as much as possible.