What are the fruits and vegetables that help you maintain lower blood sugar levels?


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The best fruit to minimize blood sugar is an apple, and the best vegetables are collard greens, kale and spinach, notes Men's Health. Just about all fruits and vegetables are helpful with blood sugar management because their high fiber content slows digestion, keeping blood sugar from spiking.

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Apples are high in quercetin, a nutrient that reduced the risk of diabetes and heart disease in a Finnish study in addition to stabilizing blood sugar levels, according to Men's Health. Berries also contain quercetin and so represent another promising fruit for glucose level management.

Leafy, dark green vegetables, such as spinach, collard greens and kale, all contain a considerable amount of fiber and almost no sugar, as stated by Men's Health. Adding them to a meal makes the body take longer to digest the food, making the sugar from the meal work into the bloodstream more gradually and keeping sugar levels stable or somewhat lower.

Even when choosing foods other than fruits and vegetables, the key factor for people looking to manage blood sugar is fiber, states Men's Health. The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center found in a study that people who boosted fiber consumption from 24 to 50 grams per day showed drops in their blood sugar levels. The researchers found that, for some, changing to a high-fiber diet worked as well as some medications for diabetes.

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