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Fruit and Diabetes – Can I Eat Fruit?

Can someone with diabetes eat fruit?

People with diabetes can eat fruit. However, fruit can be quite sugary so bear this in mind to prevent blood sugar levels rising too high

Daily recommendations of fruit

The Department of Health advises us to consume at least 5 portions of fruit or vegetables a day. The American Diabetes Associations recommends fruit as a good option if you’re having a dessert

Effect on diabetes

Fruit is naturally quite high in sugars and fruit will typically have more carbohydrate than non-starchy vegetables. Some fruits are more sugary than others.

For example, banana and oranges are examples of more sugary fruits whereas berries are examples of less sugary fruits.

You may find therefore that you need to choose smaller portions of certain fruits depending on your blood glucose levels

Fruit juices and smoothies typically contain a lot of fruit sugar so exercise caution with how much fruit juice you consume.

Health benefits of fruit

Fruit helps to supply us with fibre, minerals and vitamins, and they are particularly high in their supply of vitamin C.

Vitamin C is important for preventing our cells being damaged. Fibre helps digestion and is linked with helping reduce cholesterol levels

As with vegetables, different fruit have different characteristics.

For example grapefruit contains a healthy amount of vitamin A and potassium whereas berries are good sources of vitamin K and manganese.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention note that eating the recommended quantity of fruit and vegetables may reduce susceptibility to chronic disease and cancers.

Which fruits are lowest in carbs?

A question that is often asked is which fruits have the lowest carbs/sugar content:

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