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Antioxidant-Rich Diet Fights Diabetes

Sharon Palmer

More research is linking antioxidant-rich compounds, found in plant foods, like fruits, vegetables, pulses, whole grains, nuts, seeds, tea, red wine, chocolate, herbs, and spices, to diabetes protection. An antioxidant-rich diet eating style makes sense, because diabetes is an inflammatory condition, which is benefited by a reduction in inflammation and oxidative stress. A new study is confirming this idea. Middle-aged women with the highest dietary antioxidant intake reduced their risk of type 2 diabetes by 27 percent, according to French researchers. More than 64,000 diabetes-free French women, ages 40-65, completed food questionnaires over 15 years, from which their total antioxidant capacities (TOC) were analyzed. Those with the highest TOC consumed the most fruit, vegetables, and tea. Foods that contributed most to TOC were fruit (23 percent), vegetables (19 percent), alcoholic beverages (15 percent), and hot drinks like tea and hot chocolate (12 percent). An antioxidant-rich diet that fights diabetes: more reasons to follow a plant-based eating style!

(Diabetologia, November 2017)

Read the full study here.

Image: Berry Quinoa Power Bowl, Sharon Palmer, MSFS, RDN

For more information on antioxidant-rich diets, check out The Plant-Powered Dietitian.

Try out some of my favorite antioxidant-rich recipes:

Turmeric Smoothie
Green Goddess Buddha Bowl
Swiss Chard Orange Salad

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