Fruit – a very beneficial diabetic food – 1

Diabetic foods – some useful fruits – 1

A lot of diabetic desserts should include a portion of one of the healthy fruits.

All fresh fruits have some benefit, and not just for diabetics. Here a just a few fruits with their benefits:

Pomegranate

Some people call this a super-food which can protect the heart.
Scientists in Israel have shown that drinking a glass of the fruit’s juice can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. A quote from Professor Michael Aviram, who led the team: “Pomegranate juice contains the highest antioxidant capacity compared to other juices, red wine and green tea”.

Drinking a glass of pomegranate juice every day improves the function of blood vessels, reduces hardening of the arteries and improves heart health.

The round, leathery fruit is full of edible seeds nestled in tiny juice sacs. Brimming with vitamins A, C, E and iron, the pomegranate has been cultivated since pre-historic times. In the West, the fruit is still regarded as a novelty, but food writers like Rosemary Stark are keen to change this.

She said: “I find it has one of the finest sweet/sour balances of any fruit. “Try sprinkling some over your breakfast muesli, or lunchtime hummus.”

Around us are growing here in the North-East of Thailand; coconut palms and orange trees. That brought me to a suggestion for this fruit dip:

Cheese Yoghurt Fruit Dip

INGREDIENTS:

8 oz. cream cheese, softened
8 oz. orange yogurt
1/4 c. coconut
1 tsp. grated orange peel
1 tbsp. honey

DIRECTIONS:

Beat cream cheese until fluffy; gradually beat in yogurt.

Stir in coconut, orange peel and honey.

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