Whether you’re trying to manage your diabetes or are just working to keep your blood sugar levels controlled, finding the best diet to follow can be confusing. With keto and paleo and everything in-between, there are a plethora of diets to choose from which promise more stable blood sugar — so which one do you choose? Luckily for us, experts over at the Cleveland Clinic have come up with a list of three diets that, according to research, have shown to be the most effective for diabetics and those looking to control sugar levels. Check them out below.
The DASH Diet
DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, and while this plan was originally developed to help control blood pressure, it shows promise for stabilizing blood sugar as well. According to the Mayo Clinic, the DASH Diet is a well-rounded plan that you can adopt for the long term, which is key when it comes to blood-sugar management. It’s loaded with vegetables, fruits, and whole grains while being relatively low in fat and sugar. In fact, one study has shown that subjects following the DASH diet for eight weeks had improved insulin resistance, less hyperlipidemia (concentration of fat in the blood), and had lost weight.
The Mediterranean Diet
One of the most talked-about diets to date, the Mediterranean diet is another plan that the Cleveland Clinic recommends for diabetics. The diet is based on eating patterns commonly found in areas like Greece, southern parts of France, and Italy. While following the Mediterranean Diet, you’re encouraged to eat whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and healthy fats from nuts, seeds, avocados, olive oil, and fatty fish like salmon. Research has also suggested that the Mediterranean diet can help you control your blood sugar and manage diabetes.
A Plant-Based Diet
“Plant-Based” can refer to a vegan diet (where no meat, eggs, or dairy is consumed), a vegetarian diet (where no meat is consumed but eggs and dairy are allowed), or a flexitarian diet (where some meat is consumed, but most plants are eaten). At the end of the day, the Cleveland Clinic suggests that eating mostly plants is a good approach to controlling blood sugar. What’s more, plant-based diets often eliminate processed carbohydrates as well as artificial sugars, which can raise blood sugar levels in a harmful way.