Whether you love strawberries, or any other type of berry, you have the go-ahead to indulge because they contain lesser carbohydrates per serving and have a low glycemic index (GI). They are also packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber.
Besides being a rich source of Vitamin C, berries also contain potassium, which help keep blood pressure down. The fiber content makes you feel full longer while keeping the blood sugar levels in check.
1 cup of strawberries has 12 g carbohydrates and a glycemic index of 40. Foods with a GI of 50 and below are considered to be low-GI foods and acceptable for diabetics.
Berries are a diabetes superfood, suggests the American Diabetes Association (ADA).
Eating strawberries or other berries may reduce the body's overall glucose response after a meal, revealed a study published in the April 2010 issue of The British Journal of Nutrition.
A compound (fisetin) in strawberries may help reduce the risk of kidney failure in diabetics, according to an animal study published in the journal PLOS ONE in June 2011. The findings also suggested that fisetin reduced memory problems, diabetic retinopathy and diabetic neuropathy in mice models of type 1 diabetes.
So, enjoy your sweet treat with strawberries instead of a high-calorie snack.
Dr. Trupti Shirole