what fruits do you find to raise your blood sugar

By nana3times Latest Reply 2011-10-20 19:52:02 -0500
Started 2011-06-22 14:51:12 -0500

I love fruits and need to know which fruits are not good for you. Any input will help. I love fruits and fresh veggies so much I could live off of them. Also I need more protein in my diet what is the best source…whatg about the protein drinks and bars?

43 replies

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2011-06-27 15:18:09 -0500 Report

I find a small apple is perfect, but pineapples are very high in sugar. Watermelon and cantalopes are good, but bananas are not because they are a fruit with less water content. A small apple has the right amount of carbs for a snack eat the whole apple because the skin is good for you as well supplying you with added fiber. Berries are excellent, but portion is key. I eat a handful and that is it. For protein you could have a tablespoon of peanut butter spread on slices of apples as that is what I often have as a snack.

jeffrey9127 2011-06-25 13:57:36 -0500 Report

Bananas raise my BS levels. Apples and oranges seem to be fruits that do not cause me a problem.

karen ver
karen ver 2011-06-25 17:34:28 -0500 Report

hi, i'm very new to this disease i've been eating a banana for snack how long after ieat it should i take my bs just to be sure what is the reaction? (headache,dizziness…)

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-06-25 18:18:47 -0500 Report

Welcome to DC. I'm halfway through my 2nd year of dealing with diabetes. Still have lots of questions. But am learning it is not as confusing as it first was. DC has been a really big help.
Try taking your BG before you eat the banana, then about 1 hour and 2 hours after you eat it. That will show you how it affects your BG. For me even 1/4 of a small banana with protein eaten with it makes mine rise. There are some people who have good luck with bananas. We are all different and our good and bad foods vary from person to person. Learned how to test for food affects on this site.

MewElla 2011-06-25 12:10:25 -0500 Report

I can and do, eat an apple everyday, however, my favorite fruit, watermelon is a no no…bananas o k, small slice of pineapple o.k.

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2011-06-27 15:21:55 -0500 Report

Curious why you have a problem with watermelon. Is it the sugar? Do you eat cantalope and how is that for you? I'm with you on the apples as they work best for me, but I do have a small wedge of watermelon with no ill effects and cantelope I can eat more of with no problems or rise in BS.

nzingha 2011-06-25 12:06:51 -0500 Report

I looove fruits.. but this flipping disease has messed up my fruit loving deal in this life.. I could live off fruits and nothing else and I live where they flourish in abundance..lol! now I can only eat a half a banana at a time.. apples work for me tho.. in fact i need to go get a week's supply now.. pears are good too… mangoes i have to eat a 'jaw' side at a time… but i swear… no matter what.. mangoes will have to kill me because I will never give them up even if i have to eat a quarter of a jaw at a time…lol! u just have to eat and check because fruits have different effects on different people…enjoy to the limits ur body alloes!

colorglass 2011-06-25 13:46:27 -0500 Report

I can appreciate what you are saying . grapes just 3 0r 4 will raise my sugars. Water melon will do the same. in fact I fine most fruits do this for me how ever a part of a aplle or a few strawberry are ok but you just never know what effects me one time will not always stay the same.

berrykins0 2011-06-25 07:41:03 -0500 Report

berries don't usually raise blood sugars on of the fruits around. cause of the high fiber in take.i buy protein drinks that are as low in sugar and carbs as possilble and that have at least 5 grams fiber.the brand i buy are called natures code. they come in packets.there a powder form.you add them to water8 oz .they are from qvc website. i'm fussy about things needing to be low in sugar and high in fiber. fiber fills you upand so does protein.these drinks have 8 grams carbs 1gram sugar 5 fiber and 80 cal.the bars i buy are glucera and i also buy there cereal. these glucera products can be found buy the diabete products in the pharmacy in stores. i buy them at walmart.

SheliaDell 2011-06-24 22:00:13 -0500 Report

Speaking of fruits raising blood sugar, I just had a scary episode which was the opposite. I had an apple after supper, and usually apples don't bother me, but my blood sugar suddenly dropped about 30 minutes after I ate the apple. I was weak, sweaty, shaky, and felt sick and dizzy. Hubby got me a little bit of orange juice, which raised my blood sugar quickly; then I ate a bit of protein. Haven't had that happen to me in a very long time!

nana3times 2011-06-24 19:29:25 -0500 Report

love walnuts but allegric to them. break s my mouth out and I do eat almonds. bananas have no impact on me do that is good since I need the potassium.

SheliaDell 2011-06-24 13:52:10 -0500 Report

I can't eat grapes, watermelon, bananas, or raisins…they raise my blood sugar a LOT, even if I only eat a little of them. Have you tried a handful of natural walnuts or almonds for added protein? My doc recommended that, and they're really satisfying and are a very healthy source of protein.

Kinn D.
Kinn D. 2011-06-24 13:06:08 -0500 Report

I don't know about fruits, they seem to do me very good. My trigger food, as my family calls it, is actually honey. I can't eat anything that has honey in it. We found out it was my trigger food for my blood glucose shortly after I was diagnosed with type 1. They told us a good food to eat for low blood sugar was teddy grams. It seems that no matter how much insulin I take honey will always make my blood sugar go high.

blakeashton 2011-06-24 07:19:21 -0500 Report

Fruits provide the body with an array of valuable vitamins, minerals and antioxidants as well as hydration and dietary fiber, all of which promote physical wellness. Though people with type 2 diabetes must remain conscientious of blood sugar levels, particularly when consuming foods that provide carbohydrates, fruits are an important aspect of a nutritious diabetes-friendly diet and should be enjoyed regularly.fruits such as berries are considered low-glycemic, meaning they have a mild effect on blood sugar levels. Such fruits make for optimum dietary choices for people with diabetes. Incorporate a variety of fresh, colorful blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries into your diet regularly to reap the most benefits.Citrus fruits, such as oranges, grapefruit and tangerines, provide valuable amounts of vitamin C, a nutrient associated with a strong-functioning immune system. Citrus fruits are also low-glycemic fruit options that fit well within a diabetes-friendly diet. and other fruits like appels,plums and pears…

ochibeachgirl 2011-06-23 16:59:09 -0500 Report

Read recently on msn that nuts are a good source of protein, esp pistachios and walnuts. another newsletter i read suggested tuna in water. if all else fails, you can add extra protein powder to drinks or soup, one person i know adds it to gravy (which i avoid b/cuz of fat content).
With regards to fruit, everyone has different triggers: have a friend who his is rice, but for me mango does me baaaad! they are yummy but I have to limit my intake. bananas don't bother me, nor most of the regular fruit availbale. Have to be careful with plums though - hard to stop at one…just experiment for yourself, with your meter nearby!

CaliKo 2011-06-23 15:21:53 -0500 Report

Seafood is one of the best sources of protein because it's usually low in fat. Fish such as salmon is a little higher in fat but it is the heart-healthy kind: omega-3 fatty acids. Milk, cheese, and yogurt — are sources of protein and also contain calcium. Eggs are another good source of protein. One-half cup of beans contains as much protein as three ounces of broiled steak.

YogaGal 2011-06-23 09:50:22 -0500 Report

I've been told to avoid watermelon and bananas, which stink b/c I love them. Blueberries and grapefruit, as well as apples, are almost an everyday part of my diet.

nana3times 2011-06-23 09:53:35 -0500 Report

i love watermelon and bananas too along with strawberries. Do you know how mangos affect you?

YogaGal 2011-06-23 10:40:55 -0500 Report

I love mangos! Here's what I just read: The glycemic index of mango ranges between 41-60, so its low. So, mango does not have any significant effect in increase blood sugar levels, so it does not promote fat storage. Know about glycemic index and blood sugar levels. Due to the medium glycemic index, mangoes are okay for diabetics.

Type1Lou 2011-06-23 18:13:31 -0500 Report

Whoa! A cup of diced mango has 28 grams of carb while a cup of watermelon has only 12 grabs of carb and 1 cup of strawberries only 13 grams of carb…less than half of the mango. Sorry to burst your bubble but mango is way off limits for me as is pineapple (1 cup has 22 grams of carb). Familiarize yourself with the carb value of each fruit you like, then try it and test your blood sugar 2 hours after eating it to see which ones cause YOUR BG to go up…we're all a bit different. I also stay away from grapes and citrus fruit. Lunch for me is usually an apple sliced and spread with truly natural peanut butter…about 45 grams of carb.

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2011-06-27 15:25:43 -0500 Report

Apple w/Peanut butter works for me as well. I agree with what you say regarding other fruits. Thank you

nana3times 2011-06-23 15:04:34 -0500 Report

now this is what I like to hear!!! A friend just brought me three fresh mangos from south FL and they are fantistic!

nana3times 2011-06-23 09:43:03 -0500 Report

you all have been so helpful. I love fruits more than I do meats!!! so I will have to start testing and seeing which one make s me have spikes. you all are a wonderful group of people to have as friends

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2011-06-27 15:27:33 -0500 Report

You don't have to give up fruits you like just eat smaller portions and you can eat a little of it every couple of hours. That works for me anyway. Good luck

cottoncandybaby 2011-06-23 08:35:11 -0500 Report

I usually have a little bowl of either raspberries or blueberries at night, when I want something sweet, you can even put a little dollop of whipped cream (from the can) on top. It makes you feel like you are having a sundae and is very good for satisfying the sweet tooth. I do not find the berries increase the blood sugar like other fruits do. If I really am dying for something like ice cream, I always have a carton of Breyers Low Carb ice cream in my freezer. It has only 4g of carbs per serving, which is 1/2 cup. You can even put some blueberries on top of that and you will have a yummy dessert, with low carbs and low sugar.

colorglass 2011-06-25 13:57:11 -0500 Report

how does the ice cream taste?

cottoncandybaby 2011-06-25 20:37:58 -0500 Report

It is very good, tastes very close to regular vanilla ice cream. I wish it came in other flavors, but at least with vanilla, you can add anything to it, like blueberries or any berries or lite choc. syrup, etc. When the grocery store here has a Breyer's buy one/get one free sale, I buy a few and put them in the freezer. Even add a few walnuts or almonds if you like nuts, I love them, and it gives it a little crunch. Enjoy!

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2011-06-27 15:30:38 -0500 Report

Does it have artificial sweetner? I like real ice cream & just cannot stand the extra sweet taste of those sugar substitues. I'd rather go without ice cream personally. Now the whip cream sounds fine to me. Thanx

MrsCDogg 2011-06-23 05:32:33 -0500 Report

Apples will raise my bs every time I eat them. I could eat a bushel of strawberries, blackberries, or raspberries and not raise it more than maybe 5 points. Bananas make my numbers skyrocket! So, I rarely eat them. Berries of all kinds are on the lists of fruits which are typically good for diabetics to eat.
I tend to stay away from the protein bars and shakes. Most of them are till loaded with some type of sugar that spikes me. The Atkins bars and shakes aren't too bad though. They only have 2 or 3g of carbs per serving. For protein I like eggs and meat of most any kind!

colorglass 2011-06-25 13:59:34 -0500 Report

my biggest problem is that if it taste bad I won't eat it good for you are not. Having a hard time finding things that I like the taste but is good for me at the same time

Dixiemom 2011-06-22 19:01:47 -0500 Report

I had cantalope last week which raised my BS. Also strawberries are high but may not affect all people. It's trial and error.

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2011-06-27 15:33:21 -0500 Report

Just cut down on the amount you are eating until it doesn't raise your BS. A handful of berries shouldn't raise your BS unless you have big hands I would think.

spiritwalker 2011-06-22 18:25:35 -0500 Report

I think its different for each of us. I avoid grapes and raisins they shoot by bg high.
I eat little meat usually chicken or turkey. I prefer fish and cheese.

cavie2 2011-06-22 17:19:14 -0500 Report

I have been told at the hospital that grapes and water melon have too much natural sugar in them and I am only allowed to eat 10 grapes at any one time and only now and again, but water melon had a lot more natural sugar and I was told that is one fruit that is off limits to diabetics but different people react differently to different foods, what spikes my BS may have little effect on you and what spikes yours may have no effect on someone else. So test your BS before eating something then wait about 30 minutes and test again and you will soon find out what spikes it most and what has little effect for yourself. Apples on the other hand have less natural sugar and are considered quite safe just remember that whatever you eat your BS will rise. What is important is how much it rises and what has caused it then you can cut down the portion and only eat it occasionally or cut it out of your diet all together.

dmax32 2011-06-22 16:54:21 -0500 Report

I find bananas are better for me to eat! But, everyone is different. I stay away from most fruits because I find that most of them spike my blood sugar!

Next Discussion: Got $15.00? »