Fruits give our body the nutrients it needs every single day. However, if you’re diabetic, it’s important to keep track of the fat and sugar in fruits in order to maintain the right blood glucose level. Eating fats and sugars is not always a bad thing for someone suffering from diabetes, provided they are the right type of fats along with the correct amount of sugar, while deriving from the right source. Not only can you receive endless amounts of nutrients from fruits, they can also be enjoyed in any dessert or salad to satisfy your sweet tooth.
The Best Choices for Fruit
- Berries for Antioxidants: Whether you want to indulge in blueberries or strawberries, they are a diabetic ‘Super Food’ because they’re low carb, packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber.
- Tart Cherries Fight Inflammation: Cherries are a low-carb, low-GI choice and can be placed in your diabetic meal plan.
- Cantaloupe: (A Fruit That has it All) It supplies enough beta-carotene and vitamin C to meet your daily requirements and is an excellent source of potassium which can help lower your blood pressure.
- Banana: (The Go to Fruit) Although one banana can be up to 30 carbs, it’s a great source of potassium and magnesium. Bring this fruit with you on the go and it will help control your blood pressure under control.
- Avocado: (The Low Sugar Option) Most people don’t think of avocado’s when they are shopping for fruit. This wonderful low sugar fruit is high in polyunsaturated fat, providing anti-inflammatory benefits.
Bad Fruits for Diabetics
- Avoid Fruits Soaked in Syrup:The sugar content can be too high, along with irritation of the stomach.
- Avoid Pineapples:Pineapple has a high carbohydrate count and high glycemic index.
- Grapes of Wrath: Grapes may taste wonderful, but they have an extremely high sugar content.
Don’t Be Fooled By
- Fruit Juices: They can contain a ton of sugar and can rapidly increase your blood sugar if you aren’t careful.
- Smoothies: They contain excessive amounts of fructose along with added sugars.
- Revisiting Fruit Consumption: Whether you’re insulin or non-insulin dependent, it’s important that you monitor your sugar intake. Check with your doctor to see how many grams of sugar you can have each day.