Think watermelon is too sweet for diabetes? Well, don't forget there are powerful nutrients in watermelon that help you fight disease also.
Antioxidants! Watermelon is an excellent source of vitamin C and a good source of vitamin A, both nutrients that help fight disease.
You also get B6, B1, potassium and magnesium.
Low Calorie! One cup of watermelon has less than 50 calories. And in the summer heat, watermelon is great for hydration because it's 92% water.
For a 2 carb snack you can eat 3 cups of watermelon - not a bad snack for under 150 calories.
Watermelon could even help you fight diabetes! Watermelon contains an amino acid that makes arginine, which helps insulin resistance, the main problem with type 2 diabetes.
Worried about watermelon spiking your blood sugar?
- Try staying active when you eat watermelon.
- Check your blood sugar before and 2 hours after eating to see the effect.
- Monitor the carbohydrate portion. It's easy to overeat when snacking on watermelon.
If you want to try a new way to eat watermelon check out this great summer recipe from Cooking Light!