Tasty Snacks That Prevent Diabetes and Heart Disease
If you want to control your blood sugar or simply want to ward off the onslaught of diabetes, keep healthy snacks at arms length at all times.
Most of the time you’re on your own when it comes to figuring out which foods protect you from specific diseases.
You rarely hear about the profound effects that certain foods can have on your health. While pharmaceutical companies can spend a mint on advertising the health “benefits” of their products, the FDA is busy slapping small food production companies with lawsuits if they point to scientific evidence that shows the health benefits of their foods.
Remember how they attacked Diamond Foods, Inc. for trying to share with you the healthy effects of eating walnuts, making the ridiculous case that the health claims turned walnuts into a regulated drug?
A Health Disaster in the Making
Metabolic syndrome is a silent disease that attacks approximately one in four people. It’s a combination of health factors that compound to increase your risk of diabetes and heart disease and to double your chance of a having a heart attack or stroke.
People with a combination of three of the following factors have metabolic syndrome:
- High triglyceride levels
- High blood glucose levels
- Low HDL cholesterol levels
- High blood pressure
- A large waistline: More than 35 inches for women, and more than 40 inches for men
5 Foods That Help Prevent
Can something as simple as snacking on grapes help stop metabolic syndrome? The answer is, “YES!”
Metabolic syndrome triggers a cascade effect of problems in your body. One result of the condition is higher levels of chronic inflammation. Chronic low-grade inflammation attacks your organs and can also damage the delicate lining of your arteries. Both can set you up for numerous health problems.
But snacking on grapes helps protect your organs form the damage caused by metabolic syndrome. In clinical research, scientist found that rats prone to developing metabolic syndrome fared better when they were given a supplement of whole grape powder. The grape powder lowered several measures of inflammation and increased antioxidant activity in the rats. Plus, they had lower fat deposits around their liver, kidneys and other organs – a sign of better organ health.
Salmon is another great food for fighting metabolic syndrome. It’s rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids that help to control inflammation and that promote healthy blood pressure. Omega-3s also help improve insulin signaling, which gives you better blood sugar regulation. You can take an omega-3 supplement, but natural food sources like salmon and canned oysters are the best options.
Tart cherries suppress the development of metabolic syndrome. In studies, cherries helped to regulated cholesterol and blood glucose levels – both important in the prevention of metabolic syndrome.
Berries of every stripe make a tasty, healthy snack that can help protect you – especially your heart. Researchers believe that the high level of flavonoids in berries such as strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries help to cut the risk of both cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome.
Nuts are well-documented when to comes to protecting heart health. They work by helping to balance cholesterol levels. Recent evidence also suggests that nuts reduce chronic inflammation and may also help to counter insulin resistance.
So, next time you reach for a midday snack, instead of grabbing junk food, try frozen grapes, a bit of smoked salmon on some whole wheat crackers, a handful of cherries, some berries mixed with yogurt, or a small serving of mixed nuts instead. These snacks will fill you up while protecting your from some of the most devastating diseases of aging.
But, don’t tell the FDA… they might think you’re using illegal drugs.