Avocados with Lime
The American Diabetes Association recommends avocado for people with diabetes as they have been shown to lower LDL cholesterol levels without reducing beneficial HDL cholesterol (Monounsaturated Fatty Acids and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease). Monounsaturated fats improve heart health — an especially significant benefit for people with diabetes. Add a few thin slices of avocado to your sandwiches in place of mayonnaise, or mash a ripe avocado with cilantro, lime juice, and diced tomato for a delicious guacamole dip.
Of all types of nuts, pistachios contain the highest level of phytosterols — natural plant compounds that have been shown to lower cholesterol and can cut your risk of complications from diabetes. A study in Spain showed that people who ate a one-ounce portion (or about 50 pistachio nuts), every day, for 24 weeks lost an average of 0.7 inches from their waists, reduced cholesterol by 15 points, improved their blood sugar, and lowered inflammation.