How can leafy greens lower my blood sugar?

Whether you get yours from a can or find the time to whip up one of Mom's classics, there's a soup ingredient your blood sugar will love: greens.

That's right. Winter greens like kale and chard make great soup add-ins. And a recent review of scientific studies revealed that people who ate roughly a cup of cooked greens a day were 14 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

Results from six different studies of over 200,000 adults confirm it. The researchers looked at overall fruit and vegetable intake, but nothing seemed to have the impact on diabetes risk that leafy greens did -- cooked or raw. It could be because most greens are a great source of magnesium. In other studies, higher intakes of this mighty mineral have been linked to a lower risk of diabetes. Greens also contain a variety of disease-fighting antioxidants that help protect the body in myriad ways.

As a food group, researchers say leafy greens include a wide range of good-for-you vegetables, including lettuce, kale, spinach, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and edible herbs like dill and parsley. And their benefits go well beyond just blood sugar.

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Health Value Of Foods

Health Value Of Foods

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's important to read nutrition labels and know the source of your food. Products advertised as whole-grain, organic or fortified may not necessarily be healthy for you. Find out how to get the most health value from various fruits, nuts, spices, oils and vegetables -- and learn which types of red meat and processed foods to avoid -- with expert advice from Sharecare.

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