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Soursop and Diabetes - Is It Good For Diabetics

Article author photo Elen Khachatrian by Elen Khachatrian | Last updated on May 05, 2022
Education: Nutrition & Microbiology at YSU

Introduction

This article will discuss how soursop can help control blood sugar levels and its beneficial effects on diabetes.

Glycemic Index and Carbohydrates

According to the International Tables of Glycemic Index, the glycemic index of soursop equals 32, considered a low GI. To find GI values for 350+ foods, visit the Glycemic index chart page.

The carbs content of soursop is low; it contains 16.84g per 100g (of which 3.3g is fiber) and 38g per serving accordingly.

Soursop also is high in antioxidants, Vitamin C, and fiber which can benefit blood glucose levels. This fruit falls in the range of the top 25% of food as a source of fiber. Fiber may slow digestion and give sugars much time to break down. Consumption of high dietary fiber foods may be beneficial in preventing diabetes. According to one study [1], higher dietary fiber intake was associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes, according to the current study.

Moderate soursop consumption will not raise your blood glucose levels. However, be mindful of how much soursop you eat, as one serving of soursop has a decent amount of carbs.

Type-2 Diabetes

One study [2] suggests that soursop may benefit blood glucose levels. Soursop extract was given to 2 groups. The extract-treated group had blood sugar levels five times lower than the untreated group. These findings suggest that when combined with a healthy diet and an active lifestyle, soursop may benefit people with diabetes.

Some studies [3] have reported the anti-inflammation effects of soursop in diabetes mellitus.

These fruits contain high levels of flavonoids that effectively inhibit the release of inflammatory mediators.

One study [4] shows that soursop contains antibacterial properties as well. Soursop was able to inhibit the growth of multiple types of bacteria, including strains that cause gingivitis in those with diabetes.

References

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8015811/
  2. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20162043/
  3. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/22077164/
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5198446/
Article author photo Elen Khachatrian
Education: Nutrition & Microbiology at YSU
Last updated: May 05, 2022
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