Let’s Talk About Fruits and Diabetes

Fruits are sweet tasting and as we know, whenever something sweet is mentioned in the same line as diabetes, there is an immediate negative reaction to it.

Why are fruits important? 🍎

Fruits are not just empty sugars. They contain vitamins, minerals, fibre and carbohydrates, which give us energy and boosts our immune system.

How much fruits can I eat with diabetes?🍊

Eating too much fruits at one time can drastically increase blood sugar levels. Which is why people with diabetes are advised to eat small portions of fruits at a time. For people whose blood glucose is not yet well controlled, they can begin with 1 small fruit per day, after a meal. When blood glucose becomes well controll, they can go up to two fruits per day.

What kind of fruits can I eat with diabetes? 🍐

Low Glycemic Index (GI) fruits are preferred because these fruits do not cause a spike in blood sugar, rather a slow release. While high GI fruits like watermelon and pineapple (cause a spike in blood glucose) can be avoided especially when blood glucose is not yet well controlled.

This is a general guideline but it is important to seek specific guidance on how to eat, with your specific diagnosis. If unsure which foods are high or low GI, please speak with your registered dietitian for further coaching and clarification.

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