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Dear diabetics, nosh on kiwis without worrying about your blood sugar

Updated on:6 October 2020, 10:46am IST
Love eating fruits but diabetes preventing you from biting into it? Fret not, kiwi is your best bet.
Nikita Bhardwaj
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Befriend kiwi right away, if you have diabetes. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Diabetics need to be very cautious about what they consume, because whatever they eat impacts their insulin levels. Now, to tame insulin levels, limiting sugar is the only way out, and that means a lot of fruits are off the list for them. But what if we say you can enjoy kiwi without any worry? Yes, because this is the perfect food for diabetes. 

According to experts, there’s a whole range of fruits that are available specifically for those who are dealing with diabetes, and kiwi tops the charts.

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Without a doubt our body needs fibre, and other important nutrients and only fruits can help there. No wonder, kiwi is recommended by health experts for being nutrient-rich, plus it keeps insulin levels in check!

Kiwi is for the win those who are dealing with diabetes  
According to Dr Vinoda Kumary, deputy chief medical officer at Jindal Naturecure Institute, Bangalore, kiwi is a fruit with a glycemic index of 50 and a glycemic load of 6. It is an ideal breakfast food for diabetics

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A powerhouse of antioxidants and fibre, take a bite of this wonder to boost your health. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

“It is rich in vitamin C, polyphenols and other compounds with antioxidant properties. Basically, they neutralize free radicals, lower blood sugar, and help improve the body’s innate immunity”, she explained.

She added, “Kiwi is also an excellent source of soluble fibre, and reduces the absorption of cholesterol into the bloodstream. The skin is rich in insoluble fiber, and promotes the movement of material through the digestive tract. Kiwi consumption is associated with lower plasma concentrations of triglycerides and fibrinogen, making it a heart-friendly diabetic food.”

Here’s something more that kiwis have in store for diabetics
Apart from controlling the blood sugar levels, kiwi is a great source of vitamin E, which is another way of replenishing antioxidants for diabetics. Also, according to Dr Kumary, people who deal with severe diabetes have a tendency to develop depression and anxiety due to their situation. Plus, insomnia is also common. For them, kiwi is a great option.

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“Kiwi helps in inducing sleep, which is a great way to keep mental ailments at bay. Plus, it helps in secretion of serotonin which keeps you relaxed and boosts your mood”, she explains.

So, if you or anyone in your family is diabetic, then feel free to treat them to kiwi, because it is a safe choice.    

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Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.