Are Onions Good or Bad for Diabetes?
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Hello, I am Ty Mason from TheDiabetesCouncil.com, researcher, writer and I have type 2 diabetes. Today I am going to answer the question, they are good onions for diabetes. But before you get into that, be sure to download my free diabetes management book that also includes a diabetes grocery shopping guide.
The onions stink, make you cry and give you very bad breath. BUT, a new study says that onions could very well be a key to lowering your blood sugar.
The researchers found that the onion bulb extract, Allium cepa, strongly lowered high blood sugar and total cholesterol levels in diabetic rats when given with the antidiabetic drug metformin.
Anthony Ojieh, the study's lead investigator, said in a statement: "Onions have potential for the treatment of patients with diabetes."
The study found that two doses of onion extract strongly reduced fasting blood sugar levels in diabetic rats by 50 percent.
Allium cepa would also have decreased the total cholesterol level in diabetic rats, with the two major doses again having the greatest effects.
"We need to investigate the mechanism by which the onion caused the reduction of the glucose in the blood," said Ojieh. "We still do not have an explanation."
Onions have a very low glycemic index to 10, which makes their glycemic load extremely favorable for people with diabetes.
Onions are high in vitamin C, a good source of fiber, and with only 45 calories per serving, add hearty flavor to a wide variety of foods. Onions are sodium, fat and free cholesterol, and provide a number of other key nutrients.
So, are onions good for diabetes? Yes they are. But be sure not to confuse raw onions with a pile of onion rings at your favorite restaurant. We are talking about raw or sliced onions. I do not think many of you are going to sit down and just eat an onion like an apple, so you should be creative in how you incorporate the onions into your diet. Salads, sandwiches, soups, etc. Find your best fit but incorporate onions into your diet. It has so many benefits for those of us with diabetes.
I hope this answers your question are good or bad onions for diabetes. Do not forget to get your diabetes management book.
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