Fruit Eating

By Latest Reply 2011-07-14 18:50:53 -0500
Started 2011-07-07 22:18:56 -0500

Can anyone out there enjoy any type of fruit, without messing up their B/S readings? It doesn't matter how tiny of a mouthful I eat, my B/S readings go through the roof. It'll be "normal" (for example) 115-135 and the minute I put the tiniest bit of fruit in my mouth, it jumps to the 250-350 range. Am I the only one that this happens to? So I just quit eating fruit altogether.

58 replies

2011-07-11 19:34:08 -0500 Report

You Folks, I would love to be able to follow blakeashton's advice, (he sounds super intelligent) but unfortunately I cannot. You see, the apples, the peaches, the strawberries, amongst a few other types of fruit I can do without. But its the summer fruits that's really hard for me not to indulge on. But alas, if I eat just 1 small pc. of any type of melon, pop any type of berry (just 1 pc. of berry) my sugar goes thru the roof. As we all know its summer now, and all I see at the mkts. have melons on sale. The temptations (no not the grp from the 60's :->) are there, but I will not give in. It's hard, but it's even harder to get my b/s back down to where it should be.

MrsCDogg 2011-07-11 20:07:03 -0500 Report

I can relate! Before I started on insulin I could only eat a small amount of berries and not be too bad out of whack with my blood sugar. I still try not to go crazy eating it.

Cheryl*G 2011-07-11 15:01:09 -0500 Report

I eat different kinds of fruits everyday and have not had any problem, my BS stays around 89 to 97.

camerashy 2011-07-11 20:54:08 -0500 Report

How do you get you sugar that low without falling below 70? I wish.

Cheryl*G 2011-07-13 00:27:07 -0500 Report

I have a day now and then that it goes low but most times it stays between 89 and 97. I just watch my carbs and the numbers stay good.

blakeashton 2011-07-11 13:00:35 -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, grapefruits 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.

2011-07-11 20:37:12 -0500 Report

You are absolutely correct blakesahton. I would love to be able to consume just a miniscule amount of fruit, but my blood sugars would sky rocket if I did. So sadly, I just won't consume any. Even though summer's here, and I enjoy summer fruits immensely, I cannot consume. Oh well. But it's very hard when invited to someone's house for a BBQ.

blakeashton 2011-07-13 14:51:57 -0500 Report

that is right, so whatcha gonna do ? is that mean you're no more gonna eat fruits ?

2011-07-14 18:36:48 -0500 Report

Well blakeashton~~ I did last night, during my 1st trip to the ER for low B/S. And it brought it up to, a pleasant 126. Which then the ER doc released me. To make a long story short, (take a look @ my home pg.) I was brought back to the ER where my #s fell to a 10! And I ate a dish of fruit to raise my glucose which it did, so I thought I was safe, but I almost died last night. (written on my I phone)

camerashy 2011-07-11 20:58:02 -0500 Report

I was on a winning BBQ team and couldn't eat it! They injected apple juice which is something I used to like best.

berrykins0 2011-07-10 07:21:49 -0500 Report

try eating berries. they tend to have alot fiber which to make these friuts diegest slower.some fruits contain very little fiber.i hope this helps.

KarieV 2011-07-09 22:54:00 -0500 Report

People tell me eat more fruit and then they are so shocked when i tell them that is the one thing i really have to watch . it sends my numbers up higher than the bbq chips i am eating right now. Yes i know what them too. :)

MrsCDogg 2011-07-09 15:56:39 -0500 Report

As long as I don't eat too much I can eat most any kind of berries. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries. They almost do not make my numbers move at all.

lmkilday 2011-07-09 14:37:39 -0500 Report

Apples don't make my blood sugar spike. A treat for me is a fruit and yogurt, milk smoothie made with strawberries, raspberries and blackberries. It is the consistency of a very thick milkshake. I cannot have grapefruit or grapefruit juice because I take Lipitor.

robertoj 2011-07-09 09:50:36 -0500 Report

I am very fortunate in that my BG remains stable and I eat at least 3 pieces of fruit each day. I eat much smaller portions, watch my carbs, consume almost no other sugars and take 10,000 to 17,000 steps each day.

2011-07-08 21:05:45 -0500 Report

I happen to be in the same boat as Cookie Roma. I take 1 miniscule bite of any type fruit my B/S shoots to the moon, and it takes days for it to get back to normal. I have NEVER heard of no sugar added fruit, unless JoleneAl is talking canned fruit which I never eat. (cause of the sugar.) Fresh fruit, no matter the variety (or season) shoots my sugar to the moon. What type of meds are you folks on, so you can eat fruit? I'm jealous!! (I really miss those summer fruits. All the melons & nectarines. But I have made a lot of sacrifices since I was diagnosed over a decade & a 1/2 ago.

camerashy 2011-07-11 21:01:05 -0500 Report

I buy no sugar added peaches and pears and recently they started making no sugar added fruit cocktail. Libby's

2011-07-11 21:08:42 -0500 Report

Thx. camerashy. Wasn't sure what type of fruit she was talking about. But since I don't eat canned fruit because of the sugar (regardless if it's "no sugar added" or not) I'm just not into it. I prefer fresh fruit. If my b/s would allow me to consume it.

JoleneAL 2011-07-08 14:14:08 -0500 Report

I have found the no-sugar added fruits in the store and I measure them out carefully and count the carbs. Fruit salad, no sugar added or not, sends my sugar through the roof. I stay away from fruit mostly - but sometimes, you just have to have something! I'm not so much into the fresh stuff. I eat so little of it, when I want it I don't have any, and if I buy ahead, it just rots. (shrug)

Type1Lou 2011-07-08 13:49:33 -0500 Report

For a long time, I avoided fruit. I've gradually re-introduced them into my diet and find I can have most fresh berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries) without any problems. I've also begun having a sliced medium sized apple with natural peanut butter for my lunch (about 35 to 40g of carb which for me translates to 2 units of Novolog.) I dose my mealtime insulin based on the carb value of my meal, so it may be easier to adjust for those of us on insulin vs those using oral meds?

veggie1962 2011-07-08 10:13:29 -0500 Report

How and when are you eating fruit? Do you take any oral meds or insulin? What fruit are you eating? What kind and amt of carbs are you able to eat at meals and snacks without it messing up your BS?

The fruits that are easiest on BS are: berries, grapefruit (caution about interaction with certain meds), apples, oranges

For myself, I couldn't really eat fruit for many years even prediabetes and not until I went on insulin. Now I weigh my fruit and use a carb factor to get the total carbs in my serving and it works out fine.

2011-07-08 21:13:05 -0500 Report

I don't eat any type of fruit Veggie. I'm a vegan who consumes no type of fruit, whatsoever. And I'm on no type of insulin either. (my system cannot tolerate it.) I also take in no type of carbs as well. I only eat 3 meals a day, which consists of nothing but salads. The fruits that you listed screw up my B/S to the point where it takes up to 3 days for it to get back to normal. Oral meds. Glipizide as well as Metformin.

MrsCDogg 2011-07-09 15:58:40 -0500 Report

If you are eating nothing but veggies such as salads then you are taking in carbs. Those are the good carbs!

veggie1962 2011-07-09 07:04:11 -0500 Report

Thanks for the clarification. I understand what you are saying about how fruit throws your sugar for a major loop! Please explain what you mean when you say your system cannot tolerate insulin. I was a vegetarian when i was diagnosed (misdiagnosed as type 2) with diabetes. I was pretty much in the same boat as you are-I lived on salads, low carb veggies, tofu, soy cold cuts and LOTS of EVOO.

2011-07-09 13:22:24 -0500 Report

Well veggie~~ Whenever the Doc put me on insulin, my insulin dropped so low that the paramedics had to be called.(My b/s was between 10 &30) This happened more than once. So the Dr. decided that I was not to be put on any type of insulin. Synthetic or otherwise. So it's strictly oral meds.

veggie1962 2011-07-09 14:07:04 -0500 Report

Wow, I'm assuming the doctor tried to decrease your dose to see if it would eliminate the lows and still control your blood sugar? Also assuming this was an endocrinologist who was prescribing the insulin? Have you and your doctor ever discussed Byetta?

NavyNerd 2011-07-08 01:11:35 -0500 Report

I guess a good option would be trying everything and watching what your sugars do. Grapefruit metabolizes well in my body, pineapple Oi! Fresh pienapple is worse.. shoots me up to 500 in a heartbeat. Strawerries, watermelon, apples, for me work well. As do raspberries and expecially blueberries. But some of those send my mom into outer space with her numbers. We just started running a log- test this, its a no. Tests this, its okay.

cavie2 2011-07-08 09:36:54 -0500 Report

NavyNerd - There was a discussion on here a while back regarding Grapefruit and it interferes with some medications and inhibits them from working. Cannot remeber exactly what it said but i'm sure someone must remeber and let you know. My doctor even mentioned to stay away from it, but at the time never said why only that is was bad for diabetics.

cupcake0923 2011-07-09 13:22:58 -0500 Report


2011-07-08 21:29:39 -0500 Report

Hey C/2 ~~ Grapefruit screws up my cholesterol med. I was told by my doc not to consume it.

Type1Lou 2011-07-08 13:52:38 -0500 Report

Grapefruit is a No-No for those of us on statin drugs (Lipitor, Zocor, Simvastatin etc.) used to lower our cholesterol. There may be other conditions affected as well, but this is the only one that comes to mind.

jayabee52 2011-07-09 13:12:35 -0500 Report

did you know that warfarin is one of the main ingredients in D-con rat poison? It thins out their bood so much they die from internal bleeding. warfarin = cpimadin too. Yes, I knew about the green leafy veggies & coumadin. My beloved bride "Jem" took coumadin for all the years I knew her.

Te Ja
Te Ja 2011-07-08 00:55:01 -0500 Report

So far the only fruit that spikes my sugar is watermelon. I eat a banana,an apple and a few grapes everyday numbers are never over 100.

2011-07-08 21:35:35 -0500 Report

I'm jealous of you Te Ja. I just look at a banana and my numbers go berserk. & I love bananas. Cause bananas are LOADED w/ sugar.

cupcake0923 2011-07-09 13:18:30 -0500 Report


jayabee52 2011-07-09 13:34:28 -0500 Report

The process of drying concentrates the sugars which are naturally occuring in the fruit. Unless one has tried a particular dried fruit and it hasn't affected your Blood Glucose very much I would avoid them unless I was having a low.

You mention "IT CAN HELP YOU IN CERTAIN WAYS" Which ways are those?

2011-07-09 13:26:23 -0500 Report

Are you crazy cupcake? There's more sugar in dried fruit than a regular size apple. Besides, I hate dried fruit.

cavie2 2011-07-09 13:35:22 -0500 Report

and the carbs can vary drastically depending on the size of the apple or particular fruit you are eating

cavie2 2011-07-09 13:33:04 -0500 Report

I read that some where before either that or it was one of the videos on this site and I love packets of dried fruit. Used to eat them by the bucket full till I found this out now I never touch it. I stick to apples, plums, pears, blueberries etc.

2011-07-09 13:46:56 -0500 Report

Wish I could stick to any type of fresh fruit. Dried fruit is definitely out of the question. If I never wanted to maintain my b/s I would consume dried fruit. (If i liked dried fruit, that is.)

Cookie Roma
Cookie Roma 2011-07-07 23:51:35 -0500 Report

I know exactly what you mean. Fruit is so healthy and I love all kinds of fruit. If one of the kids is eating a piece of fruit I can eat a very small bite. If I eat even a fairly small piece of fruit my numbers shoot right up! I know other diabetics who can eat 2 or 3 pieces of fruit a day with no problem.

Kim Gregory
Kim Gregory 2011-07-07 22:33:04 -0500 Report

I haven't had that problem. My nutritionist told me that there are some fruit that will raise your B/S like bananas, watermelon, pineapples, grapes there may be others but I stick with apples, peaches, plums, pears.

2011-07-09 13:50:25 -0500 Report

All the really yummy fruit. ie; summer fruits. All the melons, all berries, all everything that grows in the summer. (Fruit wise that is.)

cupcake0923 2011-07-09 13:08:49 -0500 Report


eristar 2011-07-08 06:23:22 -0500 Report

I don't have that problem, either. (I LOVE peaches…) But I also seem to be able to do pineapple and grapes. Perhaps this is a person-to-person physical response.

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