Written by Dr.Albana Greca Sejdini, Md, MMedSc
Medically reviewed by Dr.Ruden Cakoni, MD, Endocrinologist
What glycemic index Fruits to eat despite being diabetic?
QUESTION: I love fruits but I don't know which fruits are beneficial and which are harmful to a diabetic.
ANSWER: Hello Usha,
I read your message and understand your concern.
Fruits are rich in vitamins, minerals, and fibers and must be included in your diabetic diet. The key is to check the glycemic index of the fruit or to check the portion you are having.
Most of the fruits have a low glycemic index this makes it easy for you to choose a wide variety of fruits and enjoy yourself.
Try to manage the fruit intake like you do will the carbs. The fruits that contain the lowest amount of carbs/sugar are lemons and lime, watermelon and melon, starfruit and peach, blackberries and strawberries, avocado and olives.
Apples, berries, cherries, grapefruits, and grapes, oranges are all classified as low sugar-containing fruits.
This does not mean that you must eat only these fruits. You can eat all the fruits you want but you must control the amount knowing the glycemic index. If is high eat less.
Fruits with medium glycemic index (GI) are the honeydew melon, papaya, figs, and pineapple. If you like these you must take a smaller portion comparing those with low GI.
Avoid dates and other food with a high GI. Usually, if the fruit is too sweet than it contains more sugar.
Eat only fresh or frozen fruits. The processed ones are harmful and they lack the useful nutrients.
Fruit juices, dried fruits, and canned fruits are all considered processed fruits and must be avoided. The main problem of the processed fruits is that their sugar is easily absorbed and they are able to rapidly increase the blood sugar levels after their intake.
Hope this is helpful for you.
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