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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Type 2 Diabetes - Fruit and Vegetables for Counteracting Harm To Your Body!


Ever wonder what it is about sugar that causes so much harm in diabetes? When your body's cells receive too much sugar they react by forming what are known as advanced glycation end products, abbreviated AGES. AGES are harmful to cells such as those lining the inside of your blood vessels, which is one reason all those complications of Type 2 diabetes take place throughout your body.
Researchers at the Institute of Food Science, Technology, and Nutrition in Madrid, Spain, looked at vegetable and fruit seed extracts as possible tools for lowering levels of AGES. Their work was reported on in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture in November 2012.
Extracts from 8 types of fruit and vegetable seeds were tested for their effects against AGES. Extracts of green pepper, peaches, and pomgranates all showed anti-AGE molecular activity. Surprisingly, the antioxidants and phenols in the peppers and fruits, although known to be healthful, were not responsible for the anti-AGE activities of the extracts.
What in the extracts did the trick is not known, but it was concluded that something in the fruit and vegetable could be helpful in the prevention of the complications of diabetes...
  • green pepper, or green bell pepper, can be used in a variety of dishes. I like to make stuffed peppers with rice and peas. For a simple dish that is relatively fast to make, boil your rice, flavor with saffron, and add your peas. Cut the tops off your bell peppers, clean out the seeds, stuff with your rice and peas, replace the tops, and bake for half an hour at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. If you want to be more elaborate, try adding a tomato sauce. Pour olive oil into a saucepan and add diced onions and processed tomatoes. Add dried basil for flavor. Cook until a sauce forms and add to your rice and pea mixture.
  • the website offers a recipe for making peach smoothies using vanilla soymilk, ground ginger, cinnamon, and allspice.
  • suggests making a pomegranate smoothie with banana, almond milk, protein powder, sunflower butter or butter, and ground cinnamon or ginger.
  • another website offers a recipe for chestnut mandarin orange salad with mandarin oranges, agave nectar, lime juice, pomegranate seeds and lettuce leaves.
Just eating the above fruit and vegetables alone can't be counted upon to keep away the complications associated with Type 2 diabetes, but isn't it nice to know the foods that are good for you anyway, could be a big help in that direction?
Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can take control of your health by lowering your blood sugar and losing weight. You can do it!
For nearly 25 years Beverleigh Piepers has searched for and found a number of secrets to help you build a healthy body.
The answer isn't in the endless volumes of available information but in yourself.
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