Top 10 Snacks for Diabetes

Hello, I am Ty Mason of thediabetescouncilcom, researcher, writer and I have type 2 diabetes

Today I will give you my Top 10 snacks for those with diabetes After you watch the video today, I invite you check out the description box for my new ebook This is one of the most comprehensive diabetes meal planning book you can find It contains diabetes friendly meals/recipes, recipes for different goals such as 800-1800 calories per day meal plan, diabetes meal planning tips and tricks There are also tons of diabetes friendly recipes for everyone! Let’s face it

One of the main problems those of us with diabetes have is our hunger and trying to find those in between meal snacks that are satisfying and taste good while also helping us maintain our blood sugar When it comes to snacks, or any food for that matter, I always look at the Glycemic Load There are those who will tell you that the Glycemic Index is what matters, but the glycemic index doesn’t really give you a complete understanding of what a particular food will do to your blood sugar It simply gives you a number based on 50 carbs of a specific food The glycemic load takes into account what type of carb we are dealing with and how it truly affects your blood sugar postprandial

I say this so that if you see a food on my list of best snacks and on another “experts” list it is on a list of worst snacks, you will know why I will give you both the GI and GL of each food on this list I also do not put my lists in any type of order So here we go: 1 Popcorn

This is a food you will probably see on some worst snacks list because the GI is a medium 55 But the glycemic load of popcorn is a very low 28 In its unprocessed form, popcorn is considered a significant source of whole-grain fiber I love popcorn for……

breakfast! Yes, popcorn with a little sucrose and 2% milk is a wonderful cereal You may think I am crazy, fair enough, but try it It truly is a great snack for anytime Not just when watching a movie

A small microwave bag is the perfect size for a good snack 2 Greek Yogurt Greek Yogurt is rich in calcium, high in protein and probiotics There are few foods healthier than Greek yogurt

They do have some carbs, but they aren’t significant Greek only has about 4 grams of sugar per 6 ounce serving Greek yogurt contains significant amounts of potassium, calcium and magnesium, which is shown to improve blood pressure Calcium, phosphorous and magnesium are important in bone health also The GI of Greek yogurt is 11, the GL is zero

Put some strawberries and walnuts in a cup of Greek yogurt and you are going to thank me later! 3 Walnuts Speaking of walnuts I am convinced walnuts are the overall best food for you I know they are expensive, that’s why when I can find them on sale or buy them in bulk, I will jump at the chance

Stored properly they can last a while Walnuts have a GI and GL of zero meaning that they have no significant effect on raising blood sugar, they are extremely heart healthy and they also contain copper, manganese, vitamin B1 and vitamin B6 Plus they are super rich in omega 3 fatty acids 4 Strawberries/Blueberries

Strawberries –A great alternative to those with a sweet tooth is strawberries They are sweet, low in calories and make a great snack Several human studies have established that people who eat plenty of berries, such as strawberries and blueberries, have a lower risk of both diabetes, heart attacks and dementia Studies have also linked the high vitamin C content of strawberries to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes One cup of fresh strawberries provides 160 percent of your daily need of vitamin C

Wanna really good snack? Blend fresh or frozen strawberries and/or blueberries into a smoothie Both strawberries and blueberries have a low GI in the low 40’s as an average They have an average GL of 4 5 Peanut butter

Has anyone ever told you that someone with diabetes shouldn’t eat peanut butter? Tell them they are nuts Peanut butter has a glycemic index of 14 and a glycemic load of 6 This low ranking means peanut butter helps stabilize blood sugar and insulin levels Yes, they have a lot of calories and you will see several carbs on the label But a tablespoon full of peanut butter is an amazing snack to fill you up

Peanut butter is is very low in Cholesterol It is also a good source of Niacin and Manganese 6 Apples I know, another fruit, but a small apple (about the size of a tennis ball) delivers 77 calories, 21 grams of carbohydrate and 4 grams of fiber

It's also a good source of vitamin C and has a smattering of other vitamins and minerals The main benefit of an apple is the richness they possess in soluble fiber This fiber keeps you full and slows down the absorption of sugar into your bloodstream helping regulate blood glucose levels Apples have a GI of 39 and a GL of 4 7 A dark chocolate bar

Now hear me out! I know you are thinking that I have lost my mind Remember, I said DARK chocolate, not milk chocolate There is a huge difference But listen to this, Italian researchers discovered that health benefits of dark chocolate include significantly improved markers of insulin sensitivity, decreasing fasting insulin and glucose levels, as well as insulin and glucose responses to the glucose tolerance test But there is a small catch

You are looking for high-quality dark chocolate bars that contain 70 percent cocoa or more The higher the better A 70 percent cocoa bar like Dove’s Dark Chocolate bar has a GI of 23 and a GL of 4 8 Boiled eggs

Eggs are an amazing super food Boiled eggs are an amazing super snack Boil up a half dozen or so and put them in the fridge They are awesome with just a LITTLE sea salt as a snack Eggs are a good source of Riboflavin, Vitamin B12 and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Protein and Selenium

They are also an excellent source of protein! The GI and GL of eggs are both ZERO 9 Sting cheese Cheddar, provolone and mozzarella are the best type They have both a GI and GL rating at ZERO! That should be enough of an incentive to eat them

They are pre-packaged for portion control They are very filling Plus they contain a great source of calcium, Vitamin D and protein 10 I may get laughed off youtube for this one

But #10 is peanut M&Ms Now, I am not talking about a huge amount here A fun size bag, which is a good snack size only has 90 calories The bulk of this candy is a peanut Very little chocolate is present

With a GI of 33 and a GL of 6 it is a great snack PLUS sometimes we feel like we need to “cheat” a little bit on our diet plan Don’t we? This snack will kind of give us permission to cheat a little, give us a good feeling psychologically and yet not harm our blood sugar levels I hope you have found this video helpful Don’t forget to get my new ebook and please, subscribe to our channel for many more videos like this one in the future

Thanks for watching I am Ty Mason

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