Are you pre-diabetic, diabetic, or just on a low-sugar diet for weight loss?
Here’s a great breakfast to kick off your day – oatmeal sprinkled with cinnamon, with a nice steaming cup of coffee (preferably black) on the side.
You knew about oatmeal but what about cinnamon and coffee? Here’s the low-down…
Coffee contains something called polyphenols, molecules with anti-oxidant properties that help prevent inflammatory illnesses – such as type 2 diabetes. As a bonus, they’re supposed to hav anti-cancer properties. Coffee also contains magnesium and chromium, which have been linked with lower rates of type 2 diabetes! A study in 2009, covering 40,000 participants, found that consumption of 3 cups of tea or coffee a day lead to a 40% lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
Oatmeal is pretty good with helping control your blood sugar, because it’s high in soluble fibre – which means it takes longer to digest and doesn’t raise your blood sugar as much or as quickly. Thus, it offers a steadier source of energy than something like white bread – and as a bonus, has also been linked with weight loss, as it helps you feel fuller for longer – much like our Slim products! This is important for type 2 diabetics, who tend to be overweight.
Cinnamon has been making waves lately as it may have insulin-like effects, helping reduce blood-sugar levels in people with diabetes. A recent German study randomly split 79 patients with type 2 diabetes into two groups, and for four months, one group was given a cinnamon extract thrice a day, while the other was given a placebo. At the end, the group on cinnamon extract had lowered fasting blood sugar levels by 10.3%! Thus, cinnamon extract may have a moderate effect on reducing blood sugar. More studies need to be conducted, but eating cinnamon regularly can’t hurt!