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A tropical fruit for people with diabetes

Happy summer!
Happy summer!Julie Wanner, CMA, AS, FIFHI Certified, Author of "Diabetes Can Be Sweet...Once You Bury It."

When you have diabetes you’re always at work balancing your blood sugars. If you like bananas, I have some good news for you. This tropical fruit has slow releasing sugars so your blood sugar will not spike. In addition, people that have diabetes may have a low level of B-vitamins. Bananas contain vitamins B3, B5, and B6. The B-vitamins are vital as they help the body use energy efficiently. They aid in the digestion of carbohydrates. Also, they help lower blood pressure, improve sleep and assist with losing weight. Did you know that vitamin B aids in relieving heart burn? Of course, vitamin B also helps maintain the function of the heart, muscles, and the nervous system.

Bananas are also a good source of immunity-enhancing vitamin C. What’s shocking is how many people do not get enough vitamin C in their diet. Here is a list of the health benefits when your body has adequate amounts of Vitamin C in the body.

~Helps prevent colds

~Protects your body from cancer and heart disease

~Inhibits the formation of cataracts ~Aids in treating asthma
~Helps keep your gums healthy
~Boosts your immune system against viruses and bacteria

~Helps to decrease cholesterol in the blood
~Helps decrease blood clots
~Inhibits scurvy
~A powerful antioxidant which helps increase other antioxidants such as glutathione

Bananas even contain manganese which works with the vitamin C to produce the virus-fighting substance interferon. This will benefit all of you that have been sick lately. The bananas contain magnesium, potassium, and fiber which regulate body fluids and nerve function.

This tropical fruit is easy to incorporate in your diet. You can add a banana to your smoothie or your morning cereal. If you like you can eat it by itself. However, if your blood sugar is really low don’t use this fruit to raise it immediately. This fruit is better at a slow release of sugar to the body.

This summer you can have fun and go bananas!