What fruits should I avoid?

By RedShine Latest Reply 2014-02-21 07:11:53 -0600
Started 2014-02-16 22:44:37 -0600

I recently ate an orange, and boy did it kick my blood sugar. Now, I eventually got my blood sugar back down after a while, but it got me thinking: what other fruits should I avoid?

23 replies

MarkS 2014-02-19 12:16:07 -0600 Report

Why avoid fruits? While they are high in fructose, especially when you consider dried fruits such as raisins and dried cranberries, there is no need to punish yourself by avoiding them. Not sure if you are Type I or not but if you are, that's what insulin takes care of - absorption into cells of glucose from the foods we eat. Just adjust your dosage accordingly. If I remember correctly, a medium orange is somewhere around 20 to 23 grams of carbohydrates. And if you are Type 2 then work it into your food intake plan. Remember, don't let the metabolic disorder (i.e., diabetes) control you - you control the disorder!

jayabee52 2014-02-20 11:37:36 -0600 Report

to use insulin as an excuse to routinely eat high carbohydrate foods (of any kind) is a recipe for getting fatter and fatter. The insulin also unlocks the fat storage cells in adipose tissue and that is where the excess glucose in one's bloodstream goes when one over indulges. And then often a person who does that is distressed about the wt gain and finds it is easier to put the weight on than it is to take it off. High fructose fruits such as bananas are best avoided. The same with dried fruits as their fruit sugars are so densely concentrated. I used to love bananas and also dried fruits like raisins and prunes. I have not eaten one of any of them for quite some time.

I used to use injected insulin to manage my disorder. Now I use the insulin produced by my own pancreas to control my Blood Glucose (BG) levels through my low carb/high protein food intake plan. For me as a T2 it has worked well for about 3 yrs now.

MarkS 2014-02-20 12:16:56 -0600 Report

Just to clarify, I did not state that one should use insulin so that they can routinely eat high carbohydrate foods. What I did write jayabee52, is that one should not deny oneself of fruits since, if you are a Type i diabetic, adjust your dosage accordingly. Also, insulin does not "unlock" fat storage cells but rather allows cells to metabolize carbohydrates for energy. While you may find it best to avoid bananas, I would never advise a diabetic to do that since then you are allowing diabetes to control your life. I eat whatever I please and adjust my dose accordingly. Its all about management of your disease and I manage by eating what I want but then acting accordingly be it through insulin or exercise (and, no, I am not overweight). Again, if you want to deny yourself things you loved, then that is your concern. However, it is not the only way to control diabetes. Again, I believe in controlling diabetes, not diabetes controlling me.

jayabee52 2014-02-20 15:25:35 -0600 Report

Mark, I guess we will have to agree to disagree on the issue of controlling diabetes or allowing diabetes to .control us. When I avoid certain foods I control my diabetes. I don't see it as controlling me.

Insulin does both: the unlocking of cells ability to use glucose and when there is an excess of glucose allows the fat cells to store the glucose which is in excess of cellular requrements. See Mayo clinic on this ~ http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions...


MarkS 2014-02-20 15:48:37 -0600 Report

I can agree with agreeing to disagree! And the Mayo article describes what happens when there are too many calories and not enough insulin present to utilize (metabolize) those calories. Excess insulin actually causes an influx of lipids, not carbohydrates, into adipose tissue.

jayabee52 2014-02-20 17:15:10 -0600 Report

and another name for iipids? Fat!

and didn't you mean glucose instead of carbohydrates in your last line?

GabbyPA 2014-02-18 21:30:06 -0600 Report

I avoid oranges, grapes, most dried fruits, bananas and eat pineapple with caution

Berries, kiwi, watermelon (be careful with that one) and apples or pears are pretty friendly with me.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-02-18 15:19:28 -0600 Report

When I want an orange, I eat Clementines or Halos they are the size of a small tangerine and have no effect on my blood sugar. If you ate a full size orange this can have a drastic effect.

I takes me a week to eat an entire orange depending on the slices so I don't eat them. If you don't have one, there are books that tell you carbs for just about all kinds of foods. I think if you want to eat fruit such as apples, pears, oranges, etc, eat the smallest then wait and hour and test. No one can tell you what fruits to avoid because each person metabolizes sugar differently.

Young1s 2014-02-18 00:05:07 -0600 Report

It's a cunumdrum. I'm good with oranges but apples drive my levels loopy. Same with green grapes. However, am good with any type of melon. This is the frustration of it all. No one way of doing it. Gotta kinda figure it out for yourself. It sucks but I'm happy when I have that ah ha moment. You just have to experiment til you get it right.

Glucerna 2014-02-17 21:16:29 -0600 Report

You might use a digital scale that gives the amount of carbohydrate in a piece of fruit based on its weight. It's often diffficult to estimate the amount of carbohdyrate in fruit, and this type of scale takes out the guesswork. Even knowing the carbohydrate in a piece of fruit, testing your blood sugar helps you figure out which types of fruit work better for you. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Type1Lou 2014-02-18 17:30:15 -0600 Report

Lynn, you are so right. I have a digital scale that I use to weigh apples…depending on the size, the carbs can go from 25 to 37 grams…quite a difference.

kimfing 2014-02-17 10:09:25 -0600 Report

Berries are higher in fiber too. Same w peaches and nectarines. I eat cuties they are smaller. Was told to stay away from melons. I can do watermelon. Pineapple does a number in me. Grapes are good for me. Banana as long as they are firm. I measure all to get correct carb count n cover for them

jigsaw 2014-02-17 07:13:39 -0600 Report

Some very good replies!
Fruits that are low on the glycemic index are a good general guide line. Most berries such as strawberries, blueberries, rasberries, and blackberries, are good examples. Below is a link that includes a glycemic index chart, that you may find helpful:

jayabee52 2014-02-17 06:46:22 -0600 Report

Howdy Red,
I would guess that the orange you ate was one of those softball size navels or something like that. I have found that a small "clementine" orange doesn't shoot my Blood Glucose (BG) up all that dramatically.

Not every person (in general) responds the same to the same inputs (foods, drinks, medications). Rather than give you a list of what raises my BG levels, I will give you a method of finding out which foods and drinks "plays nice" with YOUR specific metabolism. Please take a look at this ~

In there you will find links to nutrition sites which give you nutritional info and will also suggest serving sizes of many foods. You can then use that info and the methodology suggested in my discussion to find those things which "play nice" with your metabolism and what doesn't. It may seem like a lot of work. It is. It may seem like a lot of costly testing, it is, but I have found the extra cost of testing helpful to me in knowing what I can eat and what I would be better off to avoid, or if I really wanted to include it in my meal plan, how much of what could I really have.

I pray you find this helpful

James Baker

mike v.
mike v. 2014-02-16 22:57:49 -0600 Report

Bananas, Apple's, tangerines, grapefruit, but the trick is to eat a portion of it now, than another later.that's what I do. Everyone is different though, but try it…

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