The recommended diet for anyone diagnosed with type 2 diabetes is one that is low in carbohydrates and includes foods which are low on the glycemic index. Thanks to the low-carb, low-calorie properties of the eggplant, and a glycemic index of just 15 (out of a possible 100) it’s an ideal ingredient for incorporating into your everyday recipes, with countless possibilities ranging from Turkish baba ganoush to Italian caponata, along with Greek moussaka and British eggplant bake too! Eggplant is a tasty and filling vegetable and what’s more it’s a great way of getting more fibre into your diet having a whopping 19 grammes of fibre in an average sized eggplant.
How can eggplant prevent and control diabetes?
An eggplant rich diet is an effective solution for the prevention of type 2 diabetes, but how can eating more eggplant do this?
- Studies have found that the consumption of eggplants actually hinders the enzyme which converts starch into blood sugar, making it arguably one of the most effective foods in preventing diabetic issues.
- Eggplants are high in alpha-glucosidase as well as angiotensin, which both improve glucose absorption.
- Whilst being packed with fibre, eggplants have a minimal soluble carbohydrate content.
- The high volume of antioxidants contained in eggplant helps to crush blood sugar generated free radicals in the body.
- Other diabetes fighting nutrients found in eggplants include in quercetin, beta-carotene, genistein and curcumin.
- Eggplant is a very low calorie, highly nutrient dense food which makes you feel full, thus preventing overeating