How Phytonutrients Are Helpful in Diabetes


Chef Franklin Becker

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I love to prepare dishes with flavorful fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. They look beautiful on the plate, and they taste delicious. But besides great flavor, there are other reasons to eat these foods. Plant foods are full of phytonutrients—good-for-you chemicals that help your body stay healthy.

Phyto Benefits

Managing blood glucose and preventing heart disease are important goals for anyone with diabetes. That’s where phytonutrients come in. Some phytonutrients help lower blood glucose. Others protect insulin-producing cells in the pancreas from oxidative damage. Still others guard against inflammation, help lower blood cholesterol, and help keep arteries healthy.

The lean protein from this pan-roasted chicken can help stabilize your blood sugar levels.

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Feb 16, 2015

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