Is Watermelon Good or Bad For Diabetes
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Hello, I’m Ty Mason from TheDiabetesCouncil.com, researcher, writer and a I have type 2 diabetes. Today I’m going to answer the question, is watermelon good for diabetes. But before we get into that, make sure you download my free diabetes management book which also includes diabetes grocery shopping guide (foods to eat and avoid) by clicking the link here: http://bit.ly/2g0NDAH
I can say without any reservation that, to me, there is nothing better on a hot summer day than an ice cold slice of watermelon. Ever since my childhood watermelon has been sort of a comfort food for me. As a child I would see how far I could spit the seeds as the “juice” of that melon ran down my chin and made my t shirt a little bit pink.
When I was first diagnosed with diabetes, a friend of mine told me I had to say “goodbye” to my old friend the watermelon. Why? He said it was a sweet fruit and those with diabetes can’t have sweet things.
My heart sank. That was until I talked with my doctor. Boy was my friend wrong!
According to my doctor, watermelon was a great food for me to eat. Watermelon contains natural sugar and carbohydrates. Watermelon actually has fewer calories than most fruit and is packed with a wide array of nutrients.
Another benefit of watermelon is that is has a lot water in it! This makes one feel much fuller much faster as does the high fiber content. There is actually very little sugar in watermelon which means it has very little impact on blood glucose levels.
As a matter of fact, my doctor told me watermelon would actually HELP with my diabetes. How?
1. It contains a great deal of nutritional value. Watermelon is rich in Vitamins A, C, B1 and B6. It has loads of potassium and magnesium. It is fat free and cholesterol free!
2. It contains lycopene. Watermelon is perfect for those with diabetes because it is rich in lycopene which is a potent antioxidant.
3. It is full of amino acids. Several studies have confirmed that since watermelon contains loads of amino acid called L-citrulline, it plays a big role in preventing high blood pressure.
So, is watermelon good for diabetes? Well, if you don’t know by now you haven’t really been listening. Watermelon may well be one of the best foods you can eat as a diabetic. Don’t go overboard and eat the whole thing at once, but enjoy a couple of slices and know you are actually helping your body with that sweet, delicious fruit.
I hope this answered your question is watermelon good or bad for diabetes. Don’t forget to get your diabetes management book by clicking the link here: http://bit.ly/2g0NDAH
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