Written by Dr.Albana Greca Sejdini, Md, MMedSc
Medically reviewed by Dr.Ruden Cakoni, MD, Endocrinologist
TYPE II DIABETIC CAN HAVE APPLE
Apple And Type 2 Diabetes
QUESTION: TYPE II DIABETIC CAN HAVE APPLE? DOES IT INCREASE SUGAR LEVEL?
ANSWER: Hi Nesh,
Yes, definitively one diabetic can have apple as the glycemic index (GI) of apple is 38 (considered as low). Diabetics are recommended to have around 138 grams (i.e. one medium apple, maximum 2 per day).
If you prefer apple juice, keep in mind that juice has more concentration of apple as you will need to use more than 2 apples. Therefore, you might limit one taken of apple juice per day.
Keep in mind that apples are a good source of fibers, vitamin C, pectin and have little effect on blood sugar level spike. So, diabetics are encouraged to have apples, however, they will need to watch the amount you are taking.
The golden rule "Eat in moderation" applies not only for apples, but, also for any other food you consume. This way, you will not experience spikes in blood glucose and have your diabetes well-controlled.
There is a folk telling that green apples are more suitable to diabetics than red or yellow apples, as they come sourer and is thought to have lower GI than the other types of apples.
Furthermore, the skin of green apples is thought to contain more pectin and have more benefits than the other types of apples.
All the best!
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