By msann Latest Reply 2014-04-05 20:36:56 -0500
Started 2014-03-29 18:46:32 -0500


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MrsCDogg 2014-04-05 07:12:43 -0500 Report

As long as I don't go overboard on fruit I can eat it. I don't eat bananas very often because they give me bad heartburn and are pure sugar. The fruit that works best for me is berries of most any kind. Strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries. I love them all!

angelalouise 2014-04-01 19:32:55 -0500 Report

apples are ok. grapes and oranges you can eat but not a lot. no more then 10 grapes and half an orange. I don't know about peaches and mangos. fruits are a good thing in a diet. you should have at least 5 per day. bananas are good.

jayabee52 2014-04-01 20:26:11 -0500 Report

Really Angela?
Bananas are good? You can eat them without spiking? Bananas may taste good to me, but they do a number on my Blood Glucose readings (and it is not a good number).

Perhaps do a test on how the banana is on your metabolism. Before you eat the banana test your Blood Glucose (BG) and then 2 hrs after, test again. If it raises your BG 50 points or higher it is generally not a good idea to eat it. between 30 to 50 it would be good to lower your serving size and try the test again at another time. There is a fuller discussion how to do this here ~

God's best to you and yours


valentine lady
valentine lady 2014-04-05 20:36:56 -0500 Report

Hi James; I agree with James. I simply cannot eat bananas. My BG goes through the top. I can eat 12 grapes and it only raises my BG slightly. More than 12 and I have a problem. Same goes for apples and oranges, peaches etc. I know the accepted amount of fruit is 5 per day. But, to keep my carbs low and my BG low, I can only manage 2 fruit a day. I wish I could do more but I just can't. But, I do eat 5 vegies per day, atleast.

susiemaeemily 2014-04-01 17:32:32 -0500 Report

msann thank you so much for this discussion. I learned so much. Never thought I had to be much more careful especially with citrus.

kcmohan 2014-03-31 08:27:28 -0500 Report

I generally take fruits less in calories, say, fiber-rich bananas, apples, guava, peaches, pine apple, water-melon etc. Usually one variety or two per day. Better be quantity- conscious.

georgana 2014-03-31 10:47:21 -0500 Report


Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2014-03-30 23:07:32 -0500 Report

A handful of berries works for me even though I love mangos and papayas I eat them in moderation. I am not fond of pineapple or, grapes and rarely eat bananas though I do like the Dole frozen banana slices dipped in chocolate and covered in nuts.. I also do eat a small apple with peanut butter. This keep my BS in check.

jayabee52 2014-03-31 01:09:59 -0500 Report

Oh, sly, say you don't actually EAT those frozen banana slices with chocolate & nuts! Have you ever eaten them alone testing your BG prior to eating and then 2 hrs after you eat them? That would be interesting knowing how much they brought your BG up. Might be more than you think.

I used to LOVE frozen Bananas on a stick covered with chocloate and covered with nuts. But that was a long time ago and and years prior to my Dx with T2D.

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2014-03-31 18:28:28 -0500 Report

These slices are packed so there are only 4 slices to a package or serving and yes, I have tested and they do not raise my BS. Like I said I am not fond of bananas and never eat them, but eating 4 slices this way is plenty for me. As they are frozen I eat them very rarely so for me it is like having a dessert. Thank you for your concern, but I read labels constantly and never purchase anything without reading labels.

horvy 2014-03-30 23:05:38 -0500 Report

Going on the pump next week after education class, Anyone that can share their experience with a Medtronic Pump . Thank You.

jayabee52 2014-03-31 01:14:02 -0500 Report

Howdy Horvy

This may be better seen and answered if you post this request as a new discussion.

I have no experience with pumps but there are sure a lot of people who do have experience. You stand a better chance of attracting their eye and perhaps their comments if posted as a new discussion

God's' best to you


tabby9146 2014-03-30 18:52:40 -0500 Report

can't eat all I want at once, and berries are the best for us diabetics. plus there are others that are lower on the GI than others of course. I pair mine with a protein. I love most fruits.

tabby9146 2014-03-30 18:56:58 -0500 Report

I love those small "cuties" that only have about 15 g carbs. I also love satsumas, very sweet, low carb for just one, and no seeds, easy to peel also. but the satsuma season is over and it is very short. I wish I could eat them year round. I enjoy pears but have to be careful with them, a small one with a protein is best for me as well as half a banana I can do okay with. do very well with the berries and I especially love blueberries in season and the fresh peaches, and most diabetics do well with not only berries, but fresh peaches and a few others.

jigsaw 2014-03-30 15:09:08 -0500 Report

Fruits are extremely important, nutritious, and loaded with anti-oxidants. Unfortunately, they do raise my bg. I stick with low glycemic fruits in small quantities, such as strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, rasberries etc. Occasionally, I'll have a small apple (medium glycemic).

Bill Barnes
Bill Barnes 2014-03-30 14:05:41 -0500 Report

Hay guys remember that you are allowed one or two carbs per meal in moderation. And grapefruit causes some of your diabetic meds to work more than they are suppose to thus causing your sugar to drop to a very low level.
But as most are saying fruits have an abundance of natural sugars and most have way too much pesticides which will also have an effect on your sugars,blood reaction from the pestecides. Also city water has way too much medications from people dumping their old meds into the toilet. And the clorene and others additives being put in your drinking water is pure poison. I have learned that one cannot trust the Feds,state or county governments which are being controled by corrupt people or people who have interest only in personal profits. One should look up or study the contents of city water and the bottled water. You will find that most is not fit for human consumption. When I was a child in the fifties the creeks in the area where I lived were clean,had fish in them and even some fresh water
weeds. In the sixties the creeks became so polluted that you could smell the sewage for miles. And everything in the creeks died. What had been done in Europe had been done in the USA. Now the US government is allowing fracturingof rocks so as to get the natural gas. This will make the politicals richer,the oil companies filthy rich and the average american thirsty and much poorer. This is destroying many millions of acres and trillions of gallons of water unfit to drink and mixing gas with water so that the water coming out of the faucet catches fire if a spark is put near it. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. And kills all the innocents.

mobydick9 2014-03-30 01:22:36 -0500 Report

Fruits my optiones are some what limited to Green apples and cranberry the rest of the fruit worled I devour it with caution and calculated portion enjoy it while you can.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-03-30 18:56:28 -0500 Report

As Rob said everyone is different and each person reacts differently to fruits. Each person has to try the fruit then test to see what reaction they get.

Rob Lee A
Rob Lee A 2014-03-30 00:57:25 -0500 Report

Remember everyone is different and has different reactions to things we eat. Thanks for the information about Low carbs in fruit. I have been craving the wrong fruits in my diet. Now I know why my BLS goes high.

riverrat 2014-03-30 00:54:04 -0500 Report

I love fruit and eat it every day. I do not miss bananas at all as I am allergic to them. I stick mostly with the lower sugar fruits and like to mix them like apricots, blueberries, strawberries and a little pineapple. I like to toss them with a bunch of greens like lettuces ad spinich and put a little oil and vinegar dressing. I really love this and do not have any problems with it. Of course, as others have said moderation is the key. You can experiment and see what works for you.

Purpleraiin68 2014-03-29 23:55:42 -0500 Report

I don't eat to many other fruits other than oranges, bananas, strawberries and apples. I know that oranges really bother my BSL and bananas take my potassium up which bothers my kidneys levels.

jayabee52 2014-03-30 00:50:43 -0500 Report

Howdy Purple
Oranges are not good for kidneys either due to high potassium levels. I am on dialysis and I must watch that closely. If you have kidney problems please avoid citrus fruits and bananas.

BTW, what is your GFR ratio?
God's best to you and yours

James Baker

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2014-03-30 22:54:34 -0500 Report

What is GFR? How long have you been on dialysis? I was not aware of the dangers of citrus on kidneys. Thank you & Best Wishes.

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2014-03-31 18:21:26 -0500 Report

How often are you tested? Is this done each time you go for dialysis? My son is an RN and works with dialysis patience. We have been estranged for years so this is why I have asked you. Best Wishes to you.

Purpleraiin68 2014-03-30 01:06:53 -0500 Report

Thanks jayabee52, I didn't know about the oranges. I'm not on dialysis at this time. My GFR is 24.

Purpleraiin68 2014-03-30 08:24:08 -0500 Report

Yes, I just recently had an evaluation. Doctors say I'm not quite ready for the donor list until I reach 20 and dialysis at 15. They told what I can do to prolong it a while. So I had to make some changes with my diet. It's hard because I see I have to give up lots of things. So whatever it takes to keep from dialysis a little longer I'm doing it.

jayabee52 2014-03-31 01:30:23 -0500 Report

That was me too until I dropped to 15 GFR in 02/2013. Been on the machine 3 X wk 4 hrs a treatment ever since then.

simonizer77 2014-03-29 23:39:04 -0500 Report

Late to arrive, but have some info to add. Fruits are great but can be risky. Raspberries, blackberries, kiwi are great ones. Lower in sugar and great for you. Bananas and many apples and oranges can be loaded with sugar. Natural sugar or not it's all risky for us. Here's a great link showing low, medium, and higher sugars:

Moderation is the key with any foods.

Sly Kitty
Sly Kitty 2014-03-31 18:32:28 -0500 Report

I found that if you buy apples that are in bags they are small than buying individual apples that are huge. The smaller apples are the perfect amount of carbs for a snack.

Chairmaker 2014-03-29 22:48:52 -0500 Report

That is the "key" to it MsAnn, moderation. That was one of my biggest problems. Getting better at it though.

BogeyGolfer 2014-03-29 22:07:04 -0500 Report

Love fruit.. As long as I use moderation it is not too bad on my BS..I just try to eat about 1/2 a serving and that is tolerable BS wise.. The only way to ascertain how you metabolize fruit is test before eating fruit and a few minutes after..

MamaSpook 2014-03-29 21:48:35 -0500 Report

as a vegan I often make fruit smoothies for breakfast. Usually I put a frozen banana in it and non dairy milk along with either strawberries or mixed berries and sometimes mixed fruit, frozen of course. It doesn't seem to bother my BG at all and sometimes my BG goes too low. It's like having fruit ice cream for breakfast it is so thick and smooth!

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-03-29 21:41:58 -0500 Report

I eat fruit all the time. I eat apples and the small Halo oranges or tangerines. I eat red grapefruit with no problems. I don't eat large oranges. I also eat watermelon and cantaloupe all summer. I can't wait for those. I also can't wait for corn on the cob on the grill.

robertoj 2014-03-29 21:25:13 -0500 Report

I have no problem with fruit. I know I can't take it for granted. One never knows when the metabolism may chane. Vigilent testing is important. Also portion control is important so I share with my wife.

Michael_1960 2014-03-29 21:16:52 -0500 Report

I can eat all fruits, but bananas which I'll eat sometimes. I don't never check my b/s levels after I eat them, but I fell pretty good though.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-03-30 17:55:08 -0500 Report

I get the smallest bananas in the store, so it won't be as much sugar intake. I have low potasium so I eat them to keep from having muscle cramps in my feet and legs. I do watch my sugar levels and when it is really low I will eat one just because I like them.

jayabee52 2014-03-30 00:44:01 -0500 Report

Michael, yes you can (are able to chew and swallow) the fruits, but should you do it? Since you don't check your Blood Glucose (BG) levels 2 hrs after you eat them how can you know which fruits affect you with high BG levels? Before I was officially Dx'd in 1995 I felt ok as well. But I was running in the 300 range. Feeling pretty good is no substitute for testing your BG levels. so I echo Roberto

Michael_1960 2014-03-30 11:32:00 -0500 Report

Well Jay first of all, one of the lesson you learn as being a diabetic is to know how your body feels after you eat, to be able to tell if you think your b/s levels are high or if they are low, do you always check your b/s levels every time you eat something or snack on something, you would go broke buying test strips, and lancets, so that's why you got to be able to know how your body feels before eating and after eating, it just comes natural, or to me it does.

horvy 2014-03-29 20:32:55 -0500 Report

Love Fruit But need to eat it in moderation and no bananas, So sad I love them. I always wonder what would happen if I gave up my medications and eat whatever I want. Might be some happy days before you go. Pass me the Ice cream gallon. LOL

Michael_1960 2014-03-29 21:15:31 -0500 Report

Yeah bananas are very bad, which I'll eat one every once in awhile, I gave up my meds for over a year but had to get back on my metformin after being down with the flu and taking a certain cough syrup got my b/s levels back up.

33suz 2014-03-29 20:19:37 -0500 Report

Well I freeze grapes for a treat, helps them last longer. I am not big on fruits, too much carbs for me and raises my blood sugar.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-03-30 17:59:29 -0500 Report

Grapes spike my sugar, everyone has different reactions to different fruits. Oh and veggies also. I freeze blueberries and for a treat.

gunfire 2014-03-30 14:59:05 -0500 Report

I also freeze bananas. Peel, cut in half, wrap in wax paper put in zip lock bag and eat half frozen. I dont let any go to waste . Taste great and I get my potassiun which helps leg cramps.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-03-30 18:01:08 -0500 Report

I get the leg and feet cramps also, so I buy the smallest bananas and eat them when my potassium is low.

horvy 2014-03-31 23:05:21 -0500 Report

Hi Trudie Ann I to get leg cramps , So bad they wake me up and out of bed . You mentioned Potassium If I got them in a health food store how many MG per day is safe.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-04-01 04:53:52 -0500 Report

I don't really know horvy, I don't get the potassium supplements. I have researched them once and decided to go with replenishing potassium with food. There are other foods with potassium in them but for me bananas are is the one that works the quickest.
If you decide to go with supplements be sure and check with your doctor. He may know what's best for you, and some insurance pays for certain supplements with prescription but that's something you can check into.
My best wishes to you, leg and foot cramps wake me up sometimes to, so I will eat a banana the next day. It quits for a while then. Of course I try to eat at least one a week, and that usually does the trick for me.

gunfire 2014-03-31 15:23:01 -0500 Report

leg feet cramps? Drink 8-16 oz or quinine water. preferably in evening They have sugar free and its carbonated, My doctor told me to do this. It works. I use that when no bananas sometimes hard to find in stores. Cramps also from not drinking enough liquids during day.

haoleboy 2014-03-29 19:50:27 -0500 Report

I love fruit, but as mentioned moderation is key.
We have blackberries, 2 varieties of plums and 3 varieties of apples on property and I do eat those in season. We also have grapes, nectarines, apricots, figs and several different citrus trees but I very seldom eat those. This has been a tough change for me as I used to eat a lot of fruit.


Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-03-30 18:04:34 -0500 Report

The squarrels, birds, raccoons, deer, and other wild animals eat most of my fruit. Oh and my veggie garden they like also. My dog helps keep them chased off. But it's a never ending battle.

haoleboy 2014-03-30 18:20:10 -0500 Report

Our neighborhood Peacocks have laid claim to our yard and keep most everything else at bay … they also make good "watch dogs" … if you don't know they are here when they 'scream' it will scare the crap out of you.

jackiemorris 2014-03-29 19:47:18 -0500 Report

I love to eat strawberries, blackberries, and blueberries. All of these are low glycemic. I eat bananas as long as they are not to ripe. The ripper they are, the higher the sugar.

jenugen 2014-03-29 19:36:14 -0500 Report

As with everything you just have to use moderation. When I get grapes I use small snack bags and put one portion per bag. This has helped me with bingeing. I actually do this with all my snacks. The calorie King website is really helpful in calculating carbs. Plums are good to eat because one plum is about one carb and grapefruit are also good. You get more for your carb!

Milliecakes 2014-03-29 19:34:06 -0500 Report

I just read somewhere yesterday that Tropical Fruits were the highest in sugar, such as banana, pineapple, mango etc. Berries do best for me; however, I enjoyed helping of frozen peaches last night. I let them thaw a little but mostly ate them semi-frozen and they did not affect my BS and they were delicious too. They were sugarless.

Cookie Roma
Cookie Roma 2014-03-29 19:30:23 -0500 Report

Personally, I can't eat much fruit at all. Too bad, cause I love most fruits. Thing is, it causes my blood sugar to shoot up.

Geedee 2014-03-29 19:21:14 -0500 Report

Everything in moderation. I eat at least 3 kinds of fruit a day - a handful of grapes, apple, few slices of mango make a great fruit salad. This does not bother my bsl.

Milliecakes 2014-03-30 08:39:13 -0500 Report

Moderation is the key. I am where I am today because I did not use moderation in eating whatever. Once you start moderation your appetite adjusts and the weight comes off easier if that is possible. giggle!

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