Is watermelon 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, it is watermelon good for diabetes. But before you get into that, be sure to download my free diabetes management book that also includes the diabetes grocery shopping guide (food to eat and avoid) by clicking on the link here:
I can say without reservation that, for me, there is nothing better on a hot summer day than a slice of icy watermelon. Since my childhood watermelon has been kind of a comfort food for me. When I was a kid, I could see how much I could spit out the seeds while the "juice" of that melon ran down my chin and made my shirt turn a little pink.
When I was diagnosed with diabetes for the first time, a friend of mine told me that I had to say "goodbye" to my old friend Watermelon. Why? He said it was a sweet fruit and those with diabetes can not have sweet things.
My heart sank. That was until I talked to my doctor. Boy was my bad friend!
According to my doctor, the watermelon was a great meal for me to eat. Watermelon contains natural sugar and carbohydrates. Watermelon actually has fewer calories than most fruits and is packed with a wide range of nutrients.
Another benefit of watermelon is that it has plenty of water in it! This makes one feel much fuller much faster as does the high fiber content. There is actually very little sugar in the watermelon which means it has very little impact on blood glucose levels.
As a matter of fact, my doctor told me watermelon really help with my diabetes. How?
1. Contains great nutritional value. Watermelon is rich in vitamins A, C, B1 and B6. It has loads of potassium and magnesium. It is fat free and cholesterol free!
2. Contains lycopene. Watermelon is perfect for people with diabetes because it is rich in lycopene, which is a potent antioxidant.
3. It is full of amino acids. Several studies have confirmed that watermelon already contains loads of amino acids called L-citrulline, which plays a large role in the prevention of high blood pressure.
So, is watermelon good for diabetes? Well, if you do not know by now that you have not been listening. Watermelon can be one of the best foods you can eat as a diabetic. Do not go overboard and eat it all at once, but enjoy a couple of slices and know that you are really helping your body with that sweet and delicious fruit.
I hope this answers your question is watermelon good or bad for diabetes. Do not forget to get your diabetes management book by clicking on the link here:
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