Are Fruits Good for Diabetics?

Fruits are a healthy option for everyone, even those with diabetes.

People with diabetes are often told that they should not eat fruit because they are too sweet. Although fruits contain natural fructose, they also contain a good mix of vitamins, minerals, and soluble and insoluble fiber. Therefore, it makes sense to eat fruits even if you have diabetes.

Basis -

A study that asked overweight patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes to reduce their fruit intake resulted in people eating less fruit. But, eating less fruit did not affect the blood sugar level, weight loss or waist circumference.

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) suggests that fruits should be a part of a diabetes-friendly diet. However, you just have to keep track of them as you do with all carbohydrates.

Most fruits have low to medium glycemic index, so they do not lead to a sharp rise in your blood glucose levels compared to other carbohydrate containing foods such as white bread.

However, portion size is very important when considering the biggest effects on your blood sugar levels. One portion of fruit contains about 15-20g carbohydrate, which is similar to a slice of bread. Also, some fruits (eg: banana and oranges) are more sugary than others (eg: berries), so you might have to choose smaller portions of certain fruits.


Dr. Trupti Shirole

Ayurvedic Physician

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