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Camote and Diabetes

Posted on April 3, 2020 | No Comments on Camote and Diabetes

Camote or sweet potato is a root crop that is commonly used as a rice substitute in provinces commonly hit by typhoons and where planting rice is not so conducive. As a rice substitute, Camote is rich in carbohydrates, which is our principal source for energy. The leaves of Camote (i.e. camote tops) on the other hand, is also consumed as a leafy vegetable like Kangkong.

While the primary nutrient in Camote is carbohydrate, it also has a low glycemic index (GI), which makes it ideal for diabetic patients for regulating blood-sugar levels. The low GI of the tuber means that it takes time for the stomach to breakdown the food to glucose, which prevents the need for insulin. Moreover, this also prolongs the sensation of hunger of the consumer, which is also helpful to depress the appetite of diabetic patients and their need to eat. Moreover, it is high in dietary fiber and low in fat, which is important for our body metabolism and regular waste excretion.

Studies also showed that Camote had same protein patterns with Caiapo, a Japanese commercial dietary supplement used to control blood sugar. In particular, it contains Adiponectin, a protein hormone, which is low among diabetic people, that helps in lowering blood sugar levels. Thus, Camote is directly beneficial for diabetic patients because it can effectively reduce blood sugar levels among diabetic patients. Camote thus, serves as a potential natural alternative for diabetics suffering from insulin resistance.

Aside from its fiber rich carbohydrates and proteins, Camote also contains phytonutrients such as polyphenol, Vitamin A and Vitamin C, which are potent antioxidants for boosting the body immune system, and combating different diseases, heavy metals and free radical as well as stress. The root crop also helps in preventing inflammatory effects. Vitamin A is also important for the improvement of vision. These are especially beneficial for diabetic patients because of their vulnerability to diseases, wounds that take time to heal as visual impairments.

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