Patients with type 2 diabetes can certainly enjoy delicious and nutritious food found freely in their very own kitchen.
Diabetes happens when an individual’s blood sugar or glucose levels are higher than normal. This rise can be caused by foods rich in carbohydrate foods like bread, cereals, rice, pasta, fruits, milk, and desserts.
As such, many diabetes patients refrain from eating large meals. One of the most delicious and easiest ways to include health into their diets is through consuming fresh vegetables and fruits that are power packed with the best natural vitamins possible.
“While a diabetes patient needs to keep an eye on what he or she consumes, the most crucial aspect of their nutrition plan should be on the amount of carbs instead of totally omitting them,” says premier fresh fruit juice and vegetable supplier Juice Works Malaysia founder Ling Mooi Li shares.
“But it’s also important to be able to enjoy the foods we are used to enjoying. Overeating and poor choices are the elements that should be discouraged among diabetes.”
With World Diabetes Day happening this month followed by Christmas, Juice Works has launched a special juice called Berry Christmas, which is naturally delightful concoction created with an artful blend of strawberries, apricots, plums, chia seeds, almond milk, low fat mango passion yoghurt and sorbet.
The Berry Christmas is priced at RM 13.75 (Midi) and RM 14.80 (Power) including GST and will be available at all Juice Works around Malaysia.
“There are many ways to incorporate healthier choices of food into your daily diet and not just for diabetics,” says Ling, a certified nutritionist based in Australia.
“For example, Berry Christmas is aesthetically pleasing to the eye with its sweet tones of shades and it tastes absolutely refreshing and delicious. There are also many types of food you can consume that will offer natural defense for the human body.”
For example, Ling points out the humble berry family, of which strawberries are a part of the Berry Christmas concoction, are highly potent and nutritious.
“These little power-packed berries are a rich source of insoluble fiber and soluble fiber (which slows down the emptying of your stomach, and improves blood sugar control). The USDA has a research proving that people who consumed 2 1/2 cups of berry juice per day for 12 weeks lowered their blood glucose levels, lifted depression, and improved their memories largely due to anthocyanins in the berries, a natural chemical that shrinks fat cells and also stimulates the release of adiponectin, a hormone that regulates blood glucose levels.
Steel cut oats, broccoli, psyllium husk, quinoa, walnuts, spinach, collard greens, and spices such as turmeric and cinnamon, play a major role in alleviating diabetes from among the society.
Juice Works’ popularity is soaring due to its ability to serve delicious nutrition conveniently packaged in a single cup. This year alone sees it winning three awards - Shape magazine’s Favourite for categories – Best Juice and Best Smoothie award, Top Brand in the category of Drink Kiosk, and most recently, Natural Health Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Award.
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