Diabetes is a condition characterised by elevated blood sugar levels. It is not easy to reverse the condition. Lack of proper care, medication and late diagnosis can make diabetes management even tougher. Your diet plays a crucial role in managing your blood sugar levels. Diabetics should stay away from refined carbohydrates and take foods and drinks that are high on fibre and antioxidants.
A plain glass of lemon water may also make a great addition to your diabetes diet. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) lists lemons as a diabetes superfood.
Lemons are rich in nutrients, including:
- vitamin A
- vitamin C
Lemon is packed with soluble fibres. Soluble fiber can slow the absorption of sugar into your bloodstream, which can help to stabilize blood sugar. Soluble fibres also help to keep the heart healthy by regulating cholesterol and stabilizing blood pressure.
Lemons are full of fibre, vitamin C, folate and potassium, which is a part of a healthy diabetic diet. Naringinen, a chemical compound found in lemons and other citrus fruits, may have antidiabetic properties.
Like plain water, lemon water is also a good way to hydrate. It helps to flush excess sugar out of the blood stream, lowering blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. It is a much healthier drink than sugar-sweetened beverages, such as regular soda. It is also lower in calories and carbohydrates than fruit juices.
Squeezing lemon juice and drinking it with water may not amount to your daily recommended intake of fibre or vitamin C. But it is still a better than the sodas, filled with empty calories and sugar. Make sure you do not add sugar to your lemon water when you are making it at home. It is best to consume it early in the morning on an empty stomach.