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I have diabetes and have been told I should not eat fruit. Is that true?
Diabetes and Fruit
That's a great question. The answer is no. When it comes to people with diabetes and fruit, blood sugar levels are not so much about what fruit you eat, but how much of that certain fruit you eat. Many people believe that people with diabetes should not eat fruits because they are too sweet or have too many carbs. Certain fruits do have more sugar than others, but that does not mean you should stay away from them if you have diabetes. Blood sugar levels are more affected by the total amount of carbohydrates you eat than the source of carb or whether the source is a starch or sugar. To the body, they are both sugar. To our eyes, candy bars and baked potatoes seem very different, but our bodies treat the sugar in both of them the same.
A serving of fruit contains 15 grams of carbohydrates. The size of the serving depends on the carb content of the fruit. The advantage of eating a low-carb fruit is that you can eat more of it. But whether you eat a low-carb or high-carb fruit, as long as the serving size contains 15 grams of carbohydrates, the effect on your blood sugar is the same.
The following servings of fruit contain about 15 grams of carbohydrates:
-1/2 medium banana
-1 1/4 cup (190 grams) cubed watermelon
-1 1/4 cup (180 grams) whole strawberries
-3/4 cup (124 grams) cubed pineapple
If you have questions about what to eat or not eat to help manage or even beat your diabetes condition, be sure to see your family doctor or primary care physician as soon as possible to seek treatment. Family doctors and primary care physicians are also great resources for prevention of diabetes as well. You can make this your healthiest year yet!
Dr. Paul Leavitt is a Board Certified Family Doctor and practices at Leavitt Family Medicine in Hendersonville, TN. At Leavitt Family Medicine, we are here for you, for all of your health care needs. We welcome your questions and comments and invite you to visit us at www.LeavittFamilyMedicine.com Let us know how we can help you today!