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But people with diabetes may want to be a little more strategic about choosing the varieties of vegetables they devote to soil and toil. Research has shown certain vegetables are among diabetes “superfoods,” a group of foods that can either help reverse the risk of developing diabetes or help control blood sugar levels among those with the disease.
According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes superfoods have a low glycemic index (or GI), which means they raise blood sugar levels more slowly than foods with a higher GI. These foods also provide key nutrients such as calcium, potassium, fiber, magnesium and vitamins A, C and E. Non-starchy vegetables stand out, since they’re among the few foods that people with diabetes can consume in large amounts without worries of overindulgence.
Of course, how well any given vegetable grows in your garden depends on the region in which you live, as well as how much sunlight and rainfall your area receives.
With that in mind, here are six vegetables Carolinians should consider planting in a spring garden: