One of the most promising things that apples have to offer diabetes patients is a solid intake of healthy fiber. They are specifically high in pectin, which is a soluble fiber than can help narrow levels of glucose in the blood. Glucose enters the bloodstream at a slower rate, resulting in reduced blood sugar levels. This is great for sufferers of type 2 diabetes, as the insulin does not have to work as hard to do its job. This makes the insulin resistance associated with type 2 diabetes much easier to deal with. Apples are especially good for fiber when unpeeled, as the skin adds a few extra grams of fiber to its overall value. Pectin also has anti-inflammatory qualities, which is beneficial to those using insulin pumps who may be at risk of infection around the catheter area.
In addition to pectin, apples provide significant levels of antioxidants. More specifically, apples contain quercetin, an antioxidant associated with reduced risk of diabetes. Quercetin is highly beneficial in terms of health benefits, as it also helps in the prevention and management of cancer, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s. Quercetin helps to eliminate harmful foreign agents within the body, such as arterial plaque. Studies have shown that consumption of apples by people who are at high risk for diabetes but have not yet developed the condition can help to ward off the disease and allow for weight loss as well as regulation of the digestive system.
Many patients with diabetes find the restrictions on their dietary habits regrettable. Whereas most people will not suffer any immediate health defects if they indulge in candy or other sweets on occasion, this is not so with people who are diabetic. While they may not be able to indulge in the same types of sweets as other people, they are still able to open up their options a little bit with fruits such as apples. While a diabetic person may not be able to enjoy a slice of pie, roasted apple slices with cinnamon are another matter. Brand-name juices high in sugar may not be allowed, but there is nothing wrong with a bit of apple cider now and then. A lack of stubbornness and a little bit of creativity can open up the diabetes patient’s diet to just as many sweets as the average person, without all of the negative health effects.