I get lots of question about diabetes and fruits.
Lots of people say to me, “I’ve got diabetes, and worry about eating different fruits because they are too sweet or contain sugar”.
They are told that fruits are bad if you are diabetic and they want to know what the deal is.
If you are diabetic, there are certain fruits that are better for you than others.
According to The American Diabetes Association, you should not be scared of fruits.
Fruit is Healthy
Plus, it is packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants, and nutrients that can lower your risk of cancer and heart disease.
You should focus on eating non-sweet fruits because these are the fruits that are not going to spike your blood sugar.
Best Diabetes Fruits Choices
Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, cherries
- You should eat these because they are rich in anthocyanins which will help raise your HDL (“good”) cholesterol while lowering your LDL(“bad”) cholesterol.
- Eating them will provide you with vitamin C and fiber (nearly 8 grams), which makes you feel full longer while keeping your blood sugar down
- They contain potassium, which will help keep your blood pressure down.
Citrus fruits: Tangerines, orange, grapefruit, nectarine
- These are high in both vitamin C and folate, which will help with your blood sugar control.
- if you are on a potassium restricted diet or take cholesterol-lowering medication you may have to watch your intake of citrus fruits so make sure you discuss intake with your physician before adding them to your meal plan.
- Apples and pears are very similar.
- They have the skin which is more of the insoluble fiber which is like a broom that helps sweep things through your digestive tract.
- And the pectin (inside); the soluble fiber that is going to bind to toxins and help slow the release of sugar from your stomach into your bloodstream.
- When you eat it, you are supplied with enough beta-carotene and vitamin C to meet your daily requirements
- Excellent source of potassium, an antioxidant which can help lower your blood pressure.
- Loaded with lycopene, a natural chemical that gives the tomato its bright color.
- It’s a powerful antioxidant that is associated with lowering your LDL cholesterol levels.
- Will help lower your risk for heart disease and diabetes related conditions.
- Cooking your tomatoes will provide more lycopene than eating them raw.
- It’s a wonderful low-sugar option for you.
- Although high in fat, it’s mostly polyunsaturated fat, which will provide you with a variety of anti-inflammatory benefits
So, instead of being wary of nature’s candy, you should eat some every day.