Are Raisins Good or Bad For Diabetes
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Hello, I’m Ty Mason from TheDiabetesCouncil.com, researcher, writer and I have type 2 diabetes. Today I’m going to answer the question, are raisins good for diabetes. But before we get into that, make sure you download my free diabetes management book which also includes a diabetes grocery shopping guide (foods to eat and avoid) by clicking the link: http://bit.ly/2g0NDAH
If you research raisins, you are going get a myriad of answers concerning how those with diabetes should react to them.
Everything from don’t even look at them, to eat all you want. The answer probably lies somewhere in between.
OK, so I am going to assume you don’t know what a raisin is. A raisin is simply a grape that has been sun dried for about a month. The drying process takes the water content from about 75% to 15%.
Dried fruit can be part of a healthy diet, but is also a food you need to research. The same could be said for all foods, but dried fruit can be deceiving! Dried fruit has been dried to the extent that the water content of the fruit is gone. A version of the fruit that is concentrated is what is left. Not only is the flavor concentrated, but also the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber.
A 2015 study by Dr Harold Bayes of the Louisville Metabolic Research Center found that snacking on raisins reduced blood glucose levels by 16% in those with “pre-diabetes” compared to the control group who at regular processed snacks. This favorable glucose effect of raisins was further supported by a significant reduction in A1c. By reducing blood sugar and maintaining normal A1c levels those with diabetes can help prevent long-term damage to their heart and circulatory system.
Now, I want you to look at the term “snacking.” The participants in this study were give 1 ounce of raisins 3 times per day.
A 2014 study concluded that raisins are a low-GI and -insulin index fruit that provides a favorable postprandial glucose and insulin response. And that raisins are high in dietary fibre, polyphenols and a number of vitamins and minerals, in addition to being rich in fructose. The study also stated that there is evidence that glycemic control can improve with judicious fructose intake and low-glycemic index.
So, are raisins good for diabetes? As a snack, I would say yes. Like many foods I suggest they be eaten in moderation, but the most recent studies have shown them to a good, healthy snack for those with diabetes.
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