Foods that are good for managing blood sugar include beans, whole grains, fish, fruit and green leafy vegetables, according to Prevention. Lentils, dairy products, nuts and flaxseed have many health benefits as well.
Fish, including salmon and tuna, are rich in omega-3 fatty acids which are known for reducing the risk of heart disease, states Prevention. Omega-3 fatty acids also reduce inflammation, support weight loss and improve insulin resistance. They are also a good source of vitamin D. Beans, including black and white beans, are rich in fiber which steadies blood sugar, improves feelings of satiety and lowers cholesterol. Beans are low in saturated fat and are an excellent source of protein. They also help support weight loss due to their high calcium content.
Dairy products are also a great source of calcium and vitamin D, notes Prevention. Low-fat or fat-free alternatives are preferable to whole-fat dairy products, which contain high amounts of saturated fat. Whole grains such as barley and oats are high in fiber and many other essential nutrients. Barley contains beta-glucan, a type of soluble fiber that lowers both total and LDL cholesterol, as well as regulating blood sugar. Fruit that is high in antioxidants, including berries, are high in fiber, help reduce blood pressure and improve HDL cholesterol.