Sweet potatoes — great for diabetics!
Don’t let the name mislead you: sweet potatoes can certainly be a good choice for people with diabetes, according to research conducted by Delia Hammock (M.S.). Those on a diabetes-compatible diet can enjoy the healthy benefits that sweet potatoes have to offer, such as fiber, beta-carotene, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and countless phytochemicals, several of which are antioxidants.
People with diabetes have to pay attention to the carbohydrates they consume, which should have a comparatively low glycemic index to keep their blood sugar and insulin levels stable. These kinds of foods are processed in the body more slowly than foods with a high glycemic index. Sweet potatoes cooked in their skins or eaten raw (such as in salads) have a low to moderate glycemic index. Cooked sweet potatoes without their skin have a GI of 63 to 66, placing them in the mid-range category, lower than other kinds of starches such as mashed potatoes or whole-wheat bread.