Can Diabetics Eat Fruit?

The answer is yes, but you should be aware of some things.

Diabetics usually are afraid of having their blood glucose levels subtly altered, eating fruits.

They fear the fruits because they don’t know if they are excessively caloric or not, that’s why they opt not to consume fruits. But… they should eat some fruit, but moderately, because fruits are extremely important for a proper nutritional balance of any person.

Let’s get things straight here; diabetics can eat any kind of fruit, even the fruits considered as the most caloric because of his high rate of carbohydrate such as:

– Bananas

– Grapes

– Pears

– Mangoes

– Pineapple

As I said before, it all depends on the quantity the diabetic will consume, because excess of carbohydrates really can raise glycemia.

There are some diabetics that consider a fruit a natural food, so they think they can eat how many they want and nothing will happen, but that’s wrong, if you eat too much, it will raise your glycemia.

Fruits are an important source of vitamins, minerals, and fibers; our body needs that, that’s why you can’t eliminate them from your diet.

You should eat fruits at each main meal, or you can eat them in the afternoon lunch or in breakfast. Diabetics should consume between 2 – 4 fruits per day, to avoid the excess.

Another thing you should take care is to “eat fruits” instead of “drink the fruits.” You know what I wanted to mean right? You should avoid fruit juices, because to make a juice the required amount usually goes beyond what is recommended for each day.

The fruit have more or less the same amount of carbohydrates per unit, and is important for the diabetic to know what is considered as a unit in the different types of fruit.

For example, a unit of grapes equals to only 10 or 12 berries, and a unit of mango equals to 3 averages slices. Avocado, in turn, has its unit calculated in the equivalent of 3 tablespoons. There are a lot of fruits out there as you know, I can’t tell about all of them, so you should always know how a unit is calculated in the fruit you want to consume.

I know a lot of people are afraid of consuming Avocado, because Avocado is a very greasy fruit. But did you know that avocado’s fat is healthy? Know why? Because avocado’s fat is monounsaturated and that fat take an important role in reducing cholesterol levels.

Diabetics should always monitor their blood sugar level. If you think your glycemia level has exceeded after a meal, your rates will rise about two hours after the meal, knowing your glycemia level, will allow you to balance your blood sugar levels at the next meal or even include a walk in your schedule to try to reduce it.

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  • I have been a diabetic for 40 years and it is true, moderation is the key, My strategic plan nad been to count carbohydrate intake, calculate my insulin to carbohydrate ratio, re check blood glucose 2 hours after sating, then bolus insulin for correction if needed.