Can Diabetics Eat Fruit? and What Are Fruits for Diabetics?
Fruits are rich in minerals, vitamins and fibers and carbohydrates. They are do not contain fat, with the exception of avocados and sodium. Majority of fruits contain much carbohydrates than that contained in vegetables. Fruits should be part of a diabetic diet, so having diabetes doesn’t mean that you should not take fruits.
When eating fruits, diabetics should ensure that the size of the fruit taken contains 15 grams of carbohydrate. This is because carbohydrates determines the level of our blood sugar. It is a good practice for diabetics to know the carbohydrate content of the fruits they take, so as to determine the amount of a fruit that they take. They should eat a larger portion of fruits whose carbohydrate content is low, and a small portion of a fruit whose carbohydrate content is high.
Note that the important thing is not whether you take a high-carbohydrate or a low-carbohydrate fruit, but it is that the amount of carbohydrate taken in the fruit should be 15 grams. The fruits should be spread evenly throughout the day. This will ensure that your blood sugar is well controlled. Fruits are rich in fiber, and this reduces the feeling of pangs of hunger for diabetes patients.
Fruits for Diabetics
The following fruits are recommended for diabetics as they provide 15 grams of carbohydrates:
• 83 grams cubed mango (1/2 cup).
• 190 grams cubed watermelon (1 1/4 cup).
• 180 grams whole strawberries (1 1/4 cup).
• 80 grams cubed sapodilla (1/3 cup).
• 124 grams cubed pineapple (3/4 cup).
• 1/2 banana (medium).
• Fruit juice, with no additives.
• Applesauce, with no sugar.
• Jam or preserves with low or no sugar.
• Plain frozen fruit.
Diabetics should avoid taking jam and preserves on a regular basis, fruit juice drinks and applesauce which is sweetened. These increase the level of blood sugar.