by Celevida | 9 September 2021
Protein is one of the macronutrients that helps build muscle and repair tissue. Eating a protein rich diet can also help in blood sugar control but it is important to choose the protein wisely.
Research finds protein to help with blood sugar control in 3 ways.
A protein-rich meal can reduce sugar cravings and provides a feeling of satiety after eating.
Protein also helps in decreasing post-meal blood sugar spikes.
Protein helps in maintaining muscle mass
When it comes to protein, we also eat everything that comes along with it. Choose your proteins wisely, it is best to eat protein from animal products such as dairy foods. It is best to include more of lean and plant-based protein to maximise your health.
Soy : Whether you choose tofu, soybeans or soy chunks, soy is a great vegetarian protein option.
Legumes : such as dals/lentils, chickpeas,kidney beans, peas are great protein options that also provide fibre.
Ragi : is high in protein content and is a great option for vegetarians
Nuts and nuts butters : Nuts; such as almonds, pistachios, cashews, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, sesame seeds, chia seeds; are a convenient snack option that provide protein along with fibre, vitamins and minerals.
Poultry : Chicken and turkey are great options. Choose baked, roasted, grilled or poached options and skip the fried varieties.
Eggs : Egg whites are a great protein choice.
Choosing the right proteins can make a big difference in managing diabetes. Your choices not only help in keeping your blood sugar in control but can also help manage your weight in a better manner.