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Are Tomatoes Good For Diabetes?

October 9, 2019


Hello, I’m Ty Mason from TheDiabetesCouncil.com,
researcher, writer and I have type 2 diabetes. Today I’m going to answer the question, are
tomatoes good for diabetes. But before we get into that, make sure you
download my free diabetes management book which also includes a diabetes grocery shopping
guide (foods to eat and avoid) by clicking the link below. Once again I find myself with an enormous
task. You say tomato, I say tomato and we are both
thinking the same fruit. Yes, a tomato is a fruit, but according to
the U.S. Department of Agriculture there are 25,000 types of tomatoes. So instead of this video being Part 1 of 25,000,
we will just talk about tomatoes in general. Americans consume three-fourths of their tomatoes
in processed form. U.S. consumption of processed tomatoes began
a steady climb that accelerated in the late 1980s with the rising popularity of pizza,
pasta, and salsa. The largest processed use of tomatoes is in
sauces (35 percent), followed by paste (18 percent), canned whole tomato products (17
percent), and ketchup/catsup and juice (each about 15 percent). By the way, there is no difference in catsup
and ketchup. So 75% of our intake of tomatoes are in a
processed form. That leaves only 25% for other uses, or fresh
form. How? The main use is in salads by far. Salads/soups and sandwiches make up about
92% of how we use fresh tomatoes. We are talking about fresh tomatoes, not tomato
sauce, paste, juice, ketchup, etc. An average size tomato, about the size of
a baseball or slightly larger, has 28 calories. It has no fat, no cholesterol, only 6 carbs
and 4 grams of sugar. Tomatoes are low in Sodium and are a good
source of Vitamin E, Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Copper. Tomatoes are an excellent source of Dietary
Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Potassium and Manganese. Tomatoes have a very low GI of 15 which makes
their GL ZERO. So, are tomatoes good for diabetes? Without question they are. The only warning I have is that many people
who eat them like to pour on the salt, not a good choice for the heart, a little salt,
no problem. But do avoid many of the processed tomato
products because of the additives that can really raise the GI and GL. Most have sugar in them, so watch those labels. I hope this answered your question are tomatoes
good or bad for diabetes. Don’t forget to get your diabetes management
book by clicking the link in the description box below. Let me know if you have any other diabetes
related questions. Thank you
I am Ty Mason

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2 Comments

  • Reply Beat Your Diabetes May 9, 2017 at 12:48 am

    Get my diabetes diet and management guide here https://goo.gl/PNEb1V

  • Reply 11:3 west July 16, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    are lettuce good for diabetics?

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