Managing Diabetes During Festive Season: 10 Foods That Can Help Control Blood Sugar

An expert explains how diabetic patients can enjoy the festive feast without any adverse health effects.

Written by Longjam Dineshwori | Published : November 5, 2021 4:08 PM IST


Healthy Foods For Diabetic Patients

Delicious foods and mouth-watering sweets are an integral part of almost all Indian festivals. Thus, managing blood sugar levels can be challenging for people with diabetes during the festive season. Having said so, there are ways in which diabetic patients can enjoy the festivities and feasts without any adverse health effects. Dr. Ganesh Kadhe, Associate Director, Nutrition Medical and Scientific Affairs, Abbott has listed 10 foods that diabetic patients can enjoy can help keep your blood sugar levels in check.


1. Beans (Of Any Kind!)

Lentils, kidney, black or chickpea beans: These are all low glycemic index food, meaning their carbohydrates are gradually released and so they're less likely to cause blood sugar spikes. A study found that eating a daily cup of beans for three months as part of a low-glycemic diet lowered (hemoglobin A1c) HbA1c level by half a percentage point.  Also Read - Understanding Nervous Breakdowns: Exploring Intense Mental Distress


2. Apples

A diabetic patient doesn’t have to stay away from fruits. Apples are also low glycemic, as well as high in fiber, vitamin C and fat-free. You can grab an apple between meals or bake it with a hint of cinnamon for warm treats when you crave for deserts.


3. Almonds

Almonds are rich in magnesium, which is known as a blood sugar-balancing mineral as it helps your body use its own insulin more effectively. In addition, nuts like almonds are high in monounsaturated fatty acids, protein, and fiber, which makes them a great way to help manage blood glucose levels. Also Read - Enhance Your Brain Power With These 5 Yoga Poses


4. Spinach

This leafy green vegetable is also filled with blood sugar-friendly magnesium and fiber, and has just 21 calories per cooked cup. Toss a handful of baby spinach into your smoothie, add it in a salad, sautéed with olive oil, or have it raw.


Plan Your Meals Carefully

Ensure you eat a balanced diet during non-fasting; this will help to maintain stable blood sugar levels.


7. Blueberries

Research has shown that blueberries contain compounds that help reduce the risk of heart disease and help improve how your body uses insulin. Also, the fruit contains good amount of fiber and other nutrients such as vitamin C and antioxidants. Add a cup of blueberries to your smoothie or a half-cup of fresh blueberries over plain, unsweetened yogurt.  Also Read - Sleep Health: How Rest Enhances Memory Consolidation


8. Oatmeal

Oatmeal can not only help keep your blood sugar in check, but it is good for your heart too. Steel cut and rolled oats are great picks as they have a low glycemic index. But highly processed instant and quick oats tend to be higher on the glycemic index.


10. Chamomile Tea

Used for a variety of ailments, chamomile tea is known to have antioxidant and anticancer properties. Studies have also suggested that it may help in manage blood sugar levels. Drink a freshly brewed cup of chamomile tea after your meal. You may add a slice of lemon for flavor and an extra dose of vitamin C.