Can a diabetic person and fruits ever be good pals?

Have you ever been refused a juicy and ripe slice of mango lest your sugar levels soar up? Have you ever stood at a cart stacked with delicious pineapples but had to move away without buying any of it because you are diabetic?

Well! While it is indeed true that fruits contain sugar it’s a myth that diabetic people should stay away from fruits. In fact, studies have said that fruits can still be a crucial part of a good diabetes diet, if consumed in a balanced manner.

Our body needs three macronutrients for energy—Carbs, protein and fat and fruits, contain carbohydrates. When diabetic people consume too many carbs at one go, their blood sugar levels can rise and worsen their conditions all the more.

This calls for a sugar patient to monitor their intake of fruits.

Your serving size should contain only 15 grams of carbohydrates and you should also try to pair up the fruit with protein, or include it in your meal as part of the carbohydrate share. You should also avoid fruit juices and fruits that are very ripe, as riper fruits have high levels of sugar. Try to consume a low-carbohydrate fruit so that you can consume a larger portion.

Here’s a list of fruit servings that contain about 15 grams of carbohydrates:

  1. 1/2 medium apple or banana
  2. 15 pieces of small grapes
  3. 1/2 cup pineapple cut into chunks
  4. 1/2 of a medium mango when it’s firm
  5. 1 1/4 cup whole strawberries
  6. 1 cup cubed muskmelon
  7. 1 cup blackberries
  8. 1 cup raspberries
  9. 3/4 cup blueberries