10 Best Diabetes-Friendly Fruits
A person with diabetes is always advised to consume diabetes-friendly foods that contain less sugar in them. This is because a diabetic patient already has high blood sugar and the pancreas in the body either does not produce sufficient insulin or the cells in the body do not react to it, to lower the high levels of blood sugar.
With so many kinds and varieties of food available, it becomes difficult for a diabetic patient to know and identify what foods to eat and what not. For a start though, let us talk about naturally available foods like fruits. Fruits are typically packed with good amount of vitamins, minerals, fibres, antioxidants and water content. Unlike vegetables, fruits contain fructose (a type of sugar) that gives them their sweetness. Though there is no such thing called as ‘bad fruit’, higher amount of fructose can have a negative effect on the health of a diabetic patient, as the blood sugar level climbs up as soon as it is eaten.
Hence, to be on the safe side, it is always better to know what fruits can be eaten by a diabetic patient and what should be avoided. To help you with this, just check the below given list. If you are diabetic, then include the below given diabetes friendly fruits (having glycemic level less than 55) in your diet and boost your immune and health. If not, then spread the word and share it with people who are suffering from diabetes to help them live a healthier, safer and longer life.
Grapefruit, which can be sour or sweet, is the best fruit for diabetic patients. This is because it contains very low glycemic level, is a wonderful source of Vitamin C and contains natural antioxidants and soluble fibre. If you have a big grapefruit, then consuming half of it is enough or you can eat the whole fruit in one serving.
Berries like strawberries, cranberries, blackberries, blueberries, gooseberries and cranberries are packed with ample anti-oxidants. They are also low in carbs and offer good amount of fibre and vitamins. You can eat them naturally or prepare sugar-less smoothies by blending them in.
Sweet tasting red cherries are the perfect answer for sweet tooth diabetic patients. Though cherries are sweet, they have low glycemic levels and are bundled with powerful antioxidants. You can consume nearly a dozen of them, without any worry.
‘An apple a day keeps a doctor away’. The saying holds true even for diabetes. A perfect diabetic-friendly fruit, apples are rich in fibres and Vitamin C. As a suggestion, eat the whole apple without peeling it, as the skin is known to contain good amount of anti-oxidants. An apple can be easily consumed as a snack, whenever you are hungry.
Pears are generally available throughout the year. This high fibre, minerals and potassium containing fruit, is low in carbs and glycemic level. It can be safely eaten anytime, as it is the least allergic amongst other fruits.
Juicy and beautiful looking peaches contain low glycemic levels but high amount of Vitamin A and C, fibre and antioxidants. Eat a whole fresh peach in one serving to get its nutrients and avoid the canned ones as much as possible.
Another great source of Vitamin C, oranges are low in carbohydrates, have low glycemic level but good amount of potassium.
Guavas are again very low in glycemic level and the best source for antioxidants. Rich in Vitamin C, one big guava or two small guavas in a serving is sufficient for a diabetic patient to gain essential nutrients.
Melons like watermelons and muskmelons have high water content and are low in glycemic level. They are also rich in potassium, lycopene and Vitamin B and C. One or two big slices of these melons are enough to satisfy your snack craving and pack in necessary nutrients.
Apricot is another great choice for diabetes. This fruit is low in carbohydrates but rich in fiber and Vitamin A. One average sized apricot included in your everyday diet is ample to pack in some much needed nutrition.