Is Pomegranate Good For Diabetes?
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Is Pomegranate Good For Diabetes?

October 31, 2019


Hello, I’m Ty Mason from TheDiabetesCouncil.com,
researcher, writer and I have type 2 diabetes. Today I’m going to answer the question, is
pomegranate good for diabetes. But before we get into that, make sure you
download my free diabetes management book which also includes a diabetes grocery shopping
guide (foods to eat and avoid) by clicking the link below. OK, a quick lesson in Latin because, one,
I love ancient languages and two, this is pretty good. The pomegranate got its name from the Latin
“ponum granatum” meaning seeded apple. If you look inside the pomegranate you will
see that it does resemble an apple that is nothing but seeds. Another fun fact, grenadine syrup used to
consisted of thickened and sweetened pomegranate juice. Today it is basically just a sales name for
a syrup based on various berries, citric acid, and food coloring, mainly used in cocktail
mixing. The pomegranate has long been thought of as
a medicinal fruit. Both the seeds and the pulp are eaten. The seeds have quite a nice flavor. The pulp can be sweet or sour, depending on
several factors. A 2006 study in Israel shows that people with
diabetes who drank pomegranate juice for three months had a lower risk of hardening of the
arteries. Also, the pomegranate juice appeared to slow
the absorption of unhealthy LDL cholesterol by immune cells. A quick look at pomegranate juices label and
one might not think this is even possible. Of the 33 carbs in pomegranate juice, 31 are
from sugar! BUT according to Michael Aviram who headed
this study, “In most juices, sugars are present in free — and harmful — forms. In pomegranate juice, however, the sugars
are attached to unique antioxidants, which actually make these sugars protective against
atherosclerosis. (hardening of the arteries). Aviram went on to say, that he was, “surprised
to find that the sugars in pomegranate juice did not worsen diabetes markers, such as blood
sugar levels, in the participants with diabetes.” Pomegranates are a good source of vitamins
including vitamin A, C and E, as well as folic acid. The glycemic index of pomegranate (and its
juice) is 67, which is a mid-level factor. The glycemic load is 18, also in the mid-level
range. Is pomegranate good for diabetes? Yes it is. I normally would not recommend a fruit with
this high of a GI, GL and sugars, but as research has shown these sugars are different. In moderation, the delicious fruit, seeds
and juice of the pomegranate are indeed good for diabetes. I hope this answered your question is pomegranate
good or bad for diabetes. Don’t forget to get your diabetes management
book by clicking the link in the description box below. Let me know if you have any other diabetes
related questions. Thank you
I am Ty Mason

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