Dried strawberry is a very tasty and extremely healthy product. It contains a huge number of essential substances for humans, such as vitamins, minerals, organic acids, fiber, and much more.
However, dried strawberries are also rich in sugars that can increase blood glucose levels. Therefore, many diabetics refuse to use dried strawberries for fear of causing an attack of hyperglycemia. But how justified are such concerns and is it possible to eat strawberries in type 2 diabetes?
In order to answer this question, it is necessary to understand how this product is prepared, what kind of ingredients it has, and how and in what quantities it can be eaten with diabetes.
The drying process is noticeably different from drying. After drying, the fruits become very hard and brittle, so they are difficult and unpleasant to eat. Drying technology allows you to preserve the properties of the fruit, leaving them soft and supple. Therefore, dried strawberries are very similar to fresh berries, but have more sweetness and can even replace candy.
To make dried strawberries, it is first separated from excess juice, and then dried at a temperature not higher than 65. This preserves the natural consistency and benefits of the product. However, many store copies are prepared using a different technology.
Modern producers first boil the berries in sugar syrup and only then dry in drying chambers. With this method of cooking strawberry loses almost all of its beneficial properties and absorbs a huge amount of sugar, which is extremely harmful for the patient with diabetes.
In diabetes of the second type, only dried strawberries without sugar are useful, which is very difficult to find on store shelves.
Therefore, it is best to cook such a product yourself, drying the berries to the desired consistency in the oven.
The benefits of dried strawberries are even greater than those of fresh berries. Dried product is a concentrate of all nutrients, which makes it extremely nutritious. However, dried strawberries contain much more sugars, including fructose, glucose and sucrose.
For this reason, dried and dried strawberries are sufficiently high in calories - 246 kcal per 100 grams. This must be considered when consuming dried strawberries in type 2 diabetes, as many patients with this form of the disease often suffer from excess weight.
Fresh strawberries have a low glycemic index from 25 to 32, depending on the variety. In dried berries, this indicator is significantly higher, but does not exceed the critical level of 60. Therefore, you can use dried strawberries for diabetes, but you should know the measure and not eat too many berries a day.
The composition of dried strawberries:
- Vitamins: PP, A, B1, B2, B3, B9, C, H;
- Minerals: potassium, boron, magnesium, manganese, iodine, calcium, sodium, iron, chlorine, sulfur;
- Sugar: fructose, sucrose, glucose.
- Essential oils;
- Phenolic acid;
- Cinnamic and malic acid;
At the same time, despite the considerable glycemic index, there is almost no fat in dried strawberries, a little more than 0.3 grams.
Due to this low fat content, this product can be consumed even by people on a low-fat diet.
Drying helps to preserve the beneficial properties of fresh berries and even strengthen them repeatedly. In folk medicine, dried strawberries are considered to be an excellent medicine that can cope with many diseases and improve the condition of a person.
The healing qualities of dried strawberries will be very useful in diabetes, as they help to cope with many of the complications arising from this disease. Of course, dried strawberries with diabetes mellitus will not be able to replace drugs, but it will be an excellent addition to the traditional treatment.
The range of useful properties of dried strawberries is very wide. This product has a beneficial effect on almost all internal organs and systems of a person, which is of considerable importance in type 2 diabetes.
Strawberries with diabetes - useful properties:
- It helps cleanse the body of toxins, toxins and other harmful substances;
- Fully compensates for the deficiency of vitamin B9 (folic acid), which helps to strengthen the blood formation process and improve the composition of the blood;
- Normalizes the heart and heals the heart muscle, and also cleans the blood vessels, increases their elasticity and prevents the development of atherosclerosis;
- Increases the body's resistance to infections, enhances the work of the immune system;
- It has anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, antiviral, antiseptic properties. Helps fight against pathogenic bacteria and viruses;
- It has a pronounced antioxidant effect on the body, protecting it from chronic ailments and premature aging;
- It is a strong diuretic, helps to remove sand and stones from the kidneys, as well as cope with cystitis;
- It helps to increase hemoglobin, which makes it an indispensable tool for anemia;
- Effectively fights hypertension, lowering high blood pressure;
- It helps with diseases of the joints, especially effectively fights with gout and rheumatism;
- It improves the functioning of the nervous system, relieves stress and anxiety, improves mood;
- Very useful in inflammatory diseases of the bronchi and lungs;
- Normalizes the thyroid gland;
- Contributes to increased metabolism, significantly accelerates the carbohydrate metabolism;
- Improves the work of the entire digestive system, useful for constipation;
- Helps fight diabetes and obesity;
- It protects the body against the formation of cancer cells.
But in order to use dried strawberries only for one benefit, it is important to know how and in what quantity this product is in type 2 diabetes.
How to use
In case of diabetes, dried strawberries are allowed to be eaten both raw and cooked, and also as an additive to salads and other dishes. Unlike other dried fruits, strawberries without sugar are safe for diabetics and are well suited for food with elevated levels of sugar.
The easiest way to eat dried strawberries is to eat a few berries between meals. But it can also be added to milk porridges, strawberries are especially good with oatmeal. In addition, it can be an original ingredient for sauces.
In addition, you can cook strawberry compotes and kissels without sugar, as well as make jelly. This product can be eaten with other fruits and berries, such as red and black currants, lingonberries, cherries, plums, apples, pears and much more.
Also in the treatment of diabetes, you can use strawberry leaves, which have many useful properties. To prepare the infusion must be put in a teapot 3 oz. dry leaves, pour half a liter of boiling water and leave to infuse for 5 minutes.
Insisting strawberry leaves you can get a tasty and healthy drink that you can drink instead of green tea for diabetes. It helps to cope with colds and abdominal pain, improves liver function, removes stones from the kidneys and gall bladder, protects blood vessels from atherosclerosis, and effectively helps with diseases of the lungs and bronchi, including bronchial asthma.
Steamed strawberry leaves can be applied to purulent ulcers, which accelerates their healing. This recipe can even deal with wounds on the feet, which often occur in people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
With diabetes, the leaves and the strawberry itself have a beneficial effect on the patient’s body and must therefore be present in his diet. Strawberry for diabetics is a useful and affordable delicacy and can be a complete substitute for sweets. Its average glycemic index allows diabetics not to limit themselves to the use of this product.
What fruits can be used by diabetics will tell an expert in the video in this article.