One way to ensure that your blood sugar stays at a healthy level is to pay attention to a food’s Glycemic Index (GI). The GI is a measure of how fast a food raises your blood sugar level.
Some foods raise your blood sugar quickly while others do not. The higher a food’s GI, the faster it raises your blood sugar. Orange juice, soda, and doughnuts are examples of foods with a high GI.
Below are several tips to help you manage your blood sugar levels.
- Drink less sugary beverages by swapping soda for unsweetened green tea
- Cinnamon can help slow down digestion and speed up how quickly sugar moves out of your blood stream
- Some foods with a low GI to try are beans, legumes, oatmeal, nuts and seeds.
TIP: To manage your blood sugar levels, fill at least half your plate with whole fruits and vegetables. Choose lean protein and high fiber carbohydrates for the other half of the plate.