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Bet on red. Will Tomatoes and Bloody Oranges Save Diabetics?

Red oranges and tomatoes “can help people control their blood sugar.” This news with reference to British scientists was spread by many agencies. What is true and what is not?

This time, diabetic patients were told that tomatoes and oranges should save them. In Russia, ToDay News Ufa was the first to report this news with reference to Express. And then it was distributed by other news resources.

British doctor’s prescription

“According to British doctor Sarah Brewer,” writes the Ufa agency, “two products can be used to control blood sugar levels: tomatoes and oranges. Red, or bloody, orange is high in the antioxidant vitamin C, as well as anthocyanidin and flavonols. Recent research by specialists has shown that substances in these fruits can promote insulin secretion, which leads to improved glucose tolerance. Tomatoes are high in lycopene. This is a special antioxidant, which is released in large quantities during heat treatment. In addition, tomatoes reduce the risk of heart attack, and drinking tomato juice will help protect someone with diabetes from bad cholesterol. ”

Deza in a beautiful package

In principle, everything that is said here about the active substances of red oranges and tomatoes is true. But the words about diabetes are not only lies, but also dangerous misinformation. What should a normal person think when he read the following phrase: “only two products can help a person control blood sugar levels”? Naturally, he thinks these are superfoods that act like drugs and can replace them. But if he switches to such food therapy to control blood sugar levels, he will quickly achieve diabetes decompensation. And first of all, due to the orange.

Color matters

By itself, this is a very healthy fruit, and red, in the West it is also often called Sicilian or “bloody” – especially. Unlike ordinary oranges, it also contains anthocyanins, which give it this color. These substances are found in vegetables and fruits of red, blue, purple and even black color (the more there are, the darker the color). There are a lot of anthocyanins in berries with such flowers (cranberries, lingonberries, cherries, black currants, blueberries, etc.), in dark grapes, eggplants, red cabbage, red oranges, potatoes with purple flesh, etc. And pay attention, almost all of these gifts of nature are no less useful than “bloody” oranges, and some are even healthier.

Orange pills will not replace

Studies have shown that anthocyanins prevent atherosclerosis and other cardiovascular diseases, and reduce the risk of certain types of cancer and type 2 diabetes. What’s more, it has even been shown that they can reduce glucose tolerance. But as diabetes medications, red oranges won’t help. Why? Because orange is high in sugar and it will always raise your blood glucose levels. And the amount of anthocyanins will not be enough to bring it down to normal. Accordingly, they will not be enough to reduce the sugars coming from other foods. The result is natural – diabetes decompensation.

Theoretically, it can be assumed that a pill will be made of anthocyanins – the most active of these substances will be chosen, and a pill will be made on their basis. But it will need to be confirmed in clinical trials for it to be a good sugar-lowering drug. Plus, the dose of anthocyanins in the preparation will be much higher than in an orange, and there will be no sugar. In the meantime, most people with diabetes should eat no more than one orange a day, and take into account the sugars contained in it, so as not to overdo the daily dose in these sugary substances. For reference, an average orange weighing 150 g, no matter whether it is red or regular, contains 12-14 grams of sugar.

The truth about tomatoes

Now about the tomatoes. They are very beneficial due to lycopene, this antioxidant protects against many types of cancer (primarily from cancers of the prostate, breast, oral cavity, pharynx, larynx and lungs) and cardiovascular diseases. Therefore, tomatoes are very good for both diabetics and simply healthy people. Fortunately, there are many more of them for diabetes than oranges.

Like all vegetables, they are low in sugar, and therefore, they can make up a significant part in the diet of people, both with this disease and with weight loss. At their expense, you can increase the volume of food, and create a feeling of satiety. But the trouble is, they do not reduce sugar. And that means that in this regard they will not be able to replace drugs.

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