Fresh Fruit

By Roxdel Latest Reply 2012-03-09 18:56:12 -0600
Started 2012-03-07 08:57:06 -0600

I love fresh fruit, I know I probably eat too much of it. Sometimes I feel funny after eating it, like oranges. Which fruit is the highest in carbs, and would cause my BG to go too high?

44 replies

jigsaw 2012-03-09 18:21:09 -0600 Report

Fruits are an extremely important source of anti-oxidants and nutrients. Bananas are relatively high carb for a fruit, and most berries (strawberries, bluberries, blackberries) are low glycemic fruits. Most fruits consumed in excess will raise bg. Moderation is the key. Check out the discussion still listed on the home page about the 25 lowest carb fruits.

2012-03-08 16:27:33 -0600 Report

My Endo as well as the dietician I was seeing told me that fruit in moderation is okay, but chowing down on it is really not good for the ol' B/G #s. I just finishing reading an article in an old Prevention magazine that fruit like pears, & apples, have a some amt of carbs. But more of a citrus type of fruit like oranges, nectarines, "summer fruits" have a lower amt of carbs. But I'm just relaying to you on what I read in a magazine. I, myself, no longer consume any type of fruit because of the sugar. (And boy do I miss them!! I was such a fruitaholic!!)

ochibeachgirl 2012-03-08 16:30:13 -0600 Report

everyone responds differently to fruit. My nemesis is mango - can't have too much or my BG goes WAAAAAAY out of control!

Mari.anne 2012-03-08 07:40:33 -0600 Report

My dietitian told me that a serving size for fruit is half a cup so, rather than eating an entire piece of fruit, I try to limit myself to the half a cup serving. That would make some oranges about two servings and that might be the reason some BG readings are higher.

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Set apart 2012-03-08 05:47:39 -0600 Report

I love fruit myself, there are some that I do stay clear of I no longer eat bananas or oranges, and when I eat grapes a serving is about 10 for me. I plan on eating watermelon this summer, this is my favorite fruit and although I will probably no longer indulge in a 3" full plate slice, I have to have some. I have given up so much as part of my diet!

2012-03-09 15:15:27 -0600 Report

I, too, LOVE summer fruits. But can't induldge in any. And boy do I miss watermelon. If I sneak just 1 bite, my sugar is out of control for days.

KarynCandy29 2012-03-07 14:32:42 -0600 Report

I was told to drink warm water with oranges by my mom, she said her mother use to do it to keep her sugars from going up…and she swore by it..I have tried it and can't say either way…but it may work for someone else..

Roxdel 2012-03-07 14:36:40 -0600 Report

Sounds interesting, I'll have to try that.

KarynCandy29 2012-03-07 14:57:20 -0600 Report

let me know how it works for you..:0)

Roxdel 2012-03-08 08:10:55 -0600 Report

I tried the warm water with the orange, it may have helped a little, I certainly don't feel like I did the other day. Thanks for the tip.

KarynCandy29 2012-03-08 08:45:54 -0600 Report

Hey Roxdel,
Oh Cool!!! I'll have to let me Mom know..I just know it will put a smile on her face..and she going to say to me "I told you so" You can feel good inside known you gave my mom something to smile about ..Mom is in her 80's and does not smile much at all..but I know this will tickle her..:0)

pixsidust 2012-03-07 13:35:38 -0600 Report

Are you testing your blood when you feel funny?
You have to know whats happening

A Diabetic friend told me that if you give yourself 4 bites
of something then you are satisfying a craving but not going over board.
Last year when strawberries came out I would eat a couple
wait a few hours eat a couple more and so on.
I love them but decided to spread those carbs out

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Roxdel 2012-03-07 14:26:06 -0600 Report

I do test sometimes and it is high, so I kind of figure when I feel funny, my BG is up. I am trying very hard to control how I eat. It is really hard to do this.

pixsidust 2012-03-07 18:07:21 -0600 Report

Split your orange in thirds and eat it in stages with other things
like eggs in the morning, nuts at snack time and in your salad at lunch
Never drink juice! Crystal Light is the only way to go

jayabee52 2012-03-07 12:01:59 -0600 Report

I checked on a glycemic index chart here ~ and the highest on that chart was Watermelon at "72".

Yet on the slideshow "25 lowest carb fruits" from D-life (caroltoo posted this right before this discussion), fruit #2 is WATERMELON! It contains 4g of carbs in a 50-gram portion. One-half cup of diced watermelon contains 5.5g of carbs. ~

So it seems there is some kinda misinformation there. I don't know how to determine which is correct.

Young1s 2012-03-07 13:17:31 -0600 Report

I wish I knew too. But every article that I've come across to mention watermelon has always said that it's high up there and should be avoided. The one Carol posted from Dlife is the first to even offer it as a possible fruit choice. Hmm. Some more research is in order.

Caroltoo 2012-03-07 13:30:29 -0600 Report

Look for the Glycemic Load of watermelon and you will see why. It is low based on quantity of carbs in an actual serving size. The GI is based on a preset size or weight, not a portion.

Young1s 2012-03-07 14:18:23 -0600 Report

Yes. I just read a couple of short articles that basically explained that. The high GI comes from how quickly the sugars from watermelon effect the blood. But that (like with any food that's potentially "bad" for diabetics) can be lessened with portion control.

jigsaw 2012-03-09 18:51:39 -0600 Report

That's is exactly what my RD explains! Most fruit will raise the bg of most diabetics. So will many other carb foods. Portion control is an excellent way of managing bg and keeping the reigns tight. I try to stay within a specific range of bg increase after eating. I also eat a fairly decent variety of fruit, using common sense precaution. A great way to get necessary anti-oxidants and nutrients. One of the most nutritious food sources on this planet, and anti-oxidants help protect against cancer. I say have a piece of watermelon, or whatever fruit you prefer, but use common sense and don't over do it.

Caroltoo 2012-03-07 13:07:01 -0600 Report

Watermelon is very high GI, but low GL (glycemic load). That's why the GL charts really do work better because they are framed in terms of portion sizes not for a standard weight of food.

The GL chart is the one that is soo darned hard to find. I had one once, but lost it and just haven't wanted to spend the money to buy the book despite the GL listing being much more useful. Have you ever seen one of those on line, James? I haven't.

jayabee52 2012-03-07 13:09:01 -0600 Report

can't say that I have.

Caroltoo 2012-03-07 13:11:00 -0600 Report

Too bad. I was hoping perhaps you had.

I had the book once upon a time, but I loaned it to a work acquaintance who took it with her when employment was terminated. I didn't have contact info, so no more book.

Type1Lou 2012-03-07 10:42:03 -0600 Report

Check out Caroltoo's discussion on 25 LOWEST CARBOHYDRATE FRUIT. The fruit with the lowest carbs would be better for you than the higher carb ones. Oranges and orange juice are recommended for treating a low blood sugar episode because they quickly raise one's BG. My usual lunch is an apple with peanut butter. Because I'm on insulin, I dose to account for the carbs in the apple and PB. Prior to the discovery of insulin, children with diabetes were told to give an apple away when they were offered one because of the natural sugars in it.

Roxdel 2012-03-07 12:41:18 -0600 Report

Yes, I saw the 25 Lowest Carb Fruit after I asked. It does list oranges though, maybe I just have to start eating a protein with my fruit.

Caroltoo 2012-03-07 13:03:09 -0600 Report

I've found I can't drink OJ anymore cause it causes me to spike. Actually, most juice does, so I usually settle with a swallow from my husband's glass as I get it ready for breakfast.

I'm cautious with oranges also; I'd eat a few almonds, walnuts, or pecans with my orange.

You may find your body reacts to any of those on the list more or less than average. Our metabolism of carbs is as unique as we are as people. You might try testing pre-post around consumption of just one orange (nothing else) and see how your BGs respond. If you know that, it's easier to figure out what to add to it to make it safe for you.

2012-03-08 16:37:23 -0600 Report

I'm surprised that you're able to drink any type of juice. The only time I drink any is when I go into a hypoglycemia episode. I never have it in the house due to it's high sugar and carb factor.

JAMEDINA83 2012-03-08 21:34:57 -0600 Report

Usually Dr's will tell u to drink OJ to raise ur sugar if it's low because it causes it to spike n then drink milk after to keep it from dropping very fast. Everyone responds differently to different foods and drinks. U just need to be aware of what u eat, how u feel n go from there =)

Young1s 2012-03-08 16:58:16 -0600 Report

I buy it for the rest of the family but know better than to drink it myself. I was almost a month into diagnosis before learning that it was contributing to my elevated levels.

jlively1 2012-03-07 09:14:49 -0600 Report

I have found that bananas are one of the highest in GI levels. I have also read that the riper the banana is the higher GI is. I love bananas but make sure I eat it with a protein or with peanut butter. The protein balances out the carb. If I eat too much fresh fruit I feel funny too.

jigsaw 2012-03-07 10:09:57 -0600 Report

That's one fruit that has a large impact on my bg, and I love bananas though. I'll have to try them with more protien, and see if that helps. Maybe Elvis had the right idea with peanut butter and banana sandwiches. That was his favorite!

Caroltoo 2012-03-07 14:23:56 -0600 Report

Bananas with crunch peanut butter on them are wonderful. Elivis may have made a sandwhich of it, but we can do it without the bread.

jigsaw 2012-03-07 18:36:56 -0600 Report

True, and besides, something put alot of weight on him. Could it have been an abundance of peanut butter and bananas on white bread?

Roxdel 2012-03-07 09:50:53 -0600 Report

Good to know, I don't eat alot of banana's. Thanks for the info.

jlively1 2012-03-07 09:53:19 -0600 Report

I've also noticed that one day I'll be fine eating a little fruit and another day I won't be fine eating a little fruit. It's so frustrating. :(