Fresh Fruit and blood sugar

DCaroline
By DCaroline Latest Reply 2013-09-20 12:58:01 -0500
Started 2013-09-11 19:54:12 -0500

I'm trying to lose weight and am on a weight-loss program. I've increased my physical activity lately and have found myself more hungry at times during the day. On this particular weight-loss program, all fresh fruit is considered "free". But because of my diabetes, I know I have to watch how much fruit I eat. How much fruit is too much?


5 replies

Gabby
GabbyPA 2013-09-20 12:58:01 -0500 Report

Just keep counting your carbs. If you need something more filling, you can get 3/4 cup of strawberries for the same carb count as 1/2 of a small banana. You have to find what doesn't affect your levels as much and what can help you feel more full. Like most have shared, berries seem to be the friendliest. I can also eat an apple that fits small in my hand with some peanut butter and I am quite happy.

Another trick is to eat your fruits before they are totally ripe. You will have less sugars in it that way and maintain a crunch which for some is important in eating.

And also know that any cooked or prepared fruit is going to be a higher carbohydrate than raw unadulterated fruit. Dried fruits can be really carb busters, so keep away from those unless 1 tablespoon of raisin will do you. It really is a matter of finding out what works for your levels and your weight loss.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2013-09-12 09:34:59 -0500 Report

Become aware of the carbohydrate value of the fruit that you eat. Berries, generally have the lowest carb values, while bananas and mangoes are higher. If you stick with the lower-carb fruit and watch your serving sizes, you should do OK. Track the carb content of the fruit that you eat and test 2 hours later to see what effect it has on your BG…that will help you winnow out the "bad" ones.

Irish1951
Irish1951 2013-09-11 22:36:22 -0500 Report

I'm a Weight Watcher also. "Free" fruit doesn't apply for us. The banana they say is "free" has about 19 grams of carbs. Two of those "free" fruit is a meals worth of carbs for me. Berries are generally low carb, a small apple is about 9 carbs, and a Clementine is also around 9carbs (my sweet fix). WW is great, I have lost 40+ lbs but I look at carb before points.

Type1Lou
Type1Lou 2013-09-12 09:38:47 -0500 Report

Apples can be tricky because they vary so much in size. The ones I usually eat go from medium-sized 25 grams of carb to large-sized 33 grams of carb. A friend gave me a scale that calculates the grams of carb in a food based on its weight once I key in the proper food code. I use it daily.