Can You Eat Fruits If You Are a Diabetic? Here’s a Handy Guide
Fruits get a bad rap when it comes to diabetes. Because of their high sugar content, they are seen as ‘foods to avoid.’
But doctors say it’s the total number of carbohydrates that affects blood sugar levels, not whether the source is starch or sugar.
Besides, fruits offer natural sugars and are also rich in vitamins, minerals and fibre.
That diabetics should not eat fruit is one of the biggest myths out there. Fruits contain natural sugars but if consumed in moderation, they will only benefit diabetics. For diabetics with a sweet tooth, fruits are a much better option than mithai, doughnuts, pastries and muffins.Huda Shaikh, Nutritionist and Clinical Dietitian
So if you are a diabetic, or prone to diabetes, you don’t have to avoid fruits. Just watch what you eat. And perhaps eat some fruits more than others.
Are There Fruits Which Diabetics Should Completely Avoid?
According to nutritionists:
Basically, in the ranking of carbohydrates on a scale from 0 to 100, fruits with low GI will raise your blood sugar levels less than fruits with high GI.
Opt for Fruits with Lower GI
Diabetics are advised to eat more fruits that have a low GI or Glycemic Index.
These fruits, that are digested slowly, act as a source of constant energy as opposed to high GI fruits which may lead to a sugar rush.
Jamun: Wonder Fruit for Diabetes
Several studies have claimed that jamun seeds are laden with anti-diabetic properties. According to Diabetic Living India, “extracts of the bark, seeds and leaves of jamun have been found to cause a marked, prolonged decrease in blood sugar and glycouria (sugar in urine).”
Diabetic patients can include this fruit as a part of their diet as it significantly enhances insulin activity. Jamun, when combined with cinnamon, can be excellent for controlling surging blood sugar levels.
Fruits and Diabetes: Some Useful Tips
While it’s important for diabetics to keep an eye on what they eat, it’s equally important that they monitor HOW they eat these fruits.
Balance is the key for diabetics - balance in diet and in exercise. As a rule don’t forget to exercise regularly while enjoying your fruit.
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