Polyphenols for Diabetics
Figuring out the best food to eat when you have diabetes can be difficult because your main goal should be controlling blood sugar and your body weight.
A recent cross-sectional study involving 54,787 participants, aged between 52 and 60 year old, suggests that participants with the highest polyphenol intake quintile (~1200 mg/ day) had a 1.52kg lower body fat and a 19% lower risk of diabetes1.
Higher flavonoid (a class of polyphenols) intakes are hypothesised to confer protection against type 2 diabetes mellitus. The findings also indicates that obese participants may benefit the most from a higher polyphenol intake!
Overall, the study adds new evidence that a diet abundant in flavonoid-rich foods may help to ameliorate diabetes risk, in part through a reduction in body fat.
1 Bondonno, Nicola P, Dalgaard, Frederik, Murray, Kevin, Davey, Raymond J, Bondonno, Catherine P, Cassidy, Aedin, Lewis, Joshua R, Kyrø, Cecilie, Gislason, Gunnar, Scalbert, Augustin, Tjønneland, Anne & Hodgson, Jonathan M. 2021. Higher Habitual Flavonoid Intakes Are Associated With A Lower Incidence Of Diabetes. The Journal of Nutrition doi: 10.1093/jn/nxab269. https://doi.org/10.1093/jn/nxab269
Posted on 7 Sep 2021