November 15, 2017 • Diabetes
Orange and Green Veggies for Less Diabetes
If you want an easy way to cut your risk of type 2 diabetes, go for more orange and green veggies! In a study that followed the dietary habits of over 37,000 Europeans for a ten-year period, those consuming the most carotenoids, specifically alpha and beta-carotene, cut their risk of type 2 diabetes up to 22 percent. Carotenoids are plant-based pigments known for their robust antioxidant power as well as their brilliant orange to reddish hues. Because oxidative stress plays a role in the underlying pathology of type 2 diabetes, these results are not surprising.
(Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases; 25 (4): 376)
For additional motivation to include more carotenoid-rich foods in your diet, please note that these special, nature-made compounds have also been tied to superior cardiovascular and brain health, protection from some cancers, and more youthful skin.
Foods Highest In Carotenoids
- Orange/yellow/red bell peppers
- Collard greens
- Acorn squash
- Sweet potatoes
- Tomatoes (especially canned tomatoes)
- * The orange hues from the carotenoids in collards, kale and spinach are masked by their leaves rich supply of green chlorophyll.
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