The Best Fruits For Diabetics

Diet of diabetic patients should be diverse and contain all kinds of foods - as the one of healthy people. Although this diet doesn't include sugar and sweets and limits the use of bread and pasta. People often forget that one tablespoon of flour is the same as one tablespoon of sugar! Also, diabetics should not take food containing animal fats, as it has the saturated fatty acids that act on the thickening of the inner walls of blood vessels.

Meals with a little sugar and fat can sometimes take away many pleasures. Experts once thought that diabetics should not eat fruits, but the current evidences suggests quite the opposite. Experts say that fruits are the important part of diabetes diet, and we bring you those kinds that are best for diabetics.

Fruit is the most natural desert and the best replacement for sweets. It contains proteins, fats, mineral salts, vitamins, fiber, and, of course, the carbohydrate, and by the content of these nutrients are divided into three groups:

  • Fruit that contains small amount of carbs so it can be taken in larger quantities - strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, melons, cherries, citrus, oranges, tangerines.
    • Berries contain anthocyanins, which gives them red color and stimulates the release of insulin, regulates blood sugar and reduce the risk of heart disease.
    • Grapefruit can be used for reducing the risk of high blood sugar levels, especially when consumed with foods that have low levels of fat, sugar and starch.
    • Fruits that contain high levels of water such as watermelon, strawberries, papaya, or plum, are good in delaying absorption of glucose. Diabetics should consume frequently fruits with high levels of water.
Best Fruits For Diabetics
Best Fruits For Diabetics

  • Fruit that contains more carbohydrates, which should be used in small quantities - apricots, peaches, plums.
  • Fruit that contains the highest carbohydrate, which use is severely restricted - apple (sweet and sour), cherries, pears, grapes, bananas, fresh figs, pineapple, mango, avocado and others.

It is desirable to consume raw fruits, but if your digestive system doesn't support fruits in this state, it can be prepared in various other ways: by cooking (compote, mashed, jelly, etc.) or by baking.

Dried fruits (grapes, plums, figs, dates, pears, blueberries, etc.) contains 5-6 times more carbohydrates than raw fruits, this is why diabetics should consume dried fruits in very limited quantities. Also, walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, peanuts, pistachios, seeds and their industrial products, in terms of quantity of carbohydrates, are similar to fruits that are very rich in carbohydrates. Although compared to raw fruits, nuts contain more proteins, but a large fat content is the reason that all kinds of nuts may be used in very small quantities (100 g walnuts = 620 cal). The consumption of fruits depends of the type of diabetes too, so the best way is to consult with your doctor before consuming fruits. 
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