By sugarbaby07 Latest Reply 2014-05-05 10:49:18 -0500
Started 2014-04-26 22:58:09 -0500

Hi everyone! So it's almost a year that I've been diagnosed with type 2 and I have changed my diet drastically…although I still have the occasional piece of chocolate, but I was just wondering about fruit and how does this affect those of you controlling on Metformin or diet and exercise. I like fruit but think I should eat more of it instead of that piece of chocolate when I crave something sweet. I kinda just cut out fruit because of the horror stories that it spikes them, I tried a small orange a month ago and it spiked me to 160 so I am indeed afraid of fruit. I have yet to see a nutritionist…I know everyone's body is different but was just wondering your guys experience with fruit and is their certain fruit that is better for your numbers and in what quantities. Thanks DC family :))))

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number 2
number 2 2014-05-05 10:49:18 -0500 Report

i avoid citrus fruit, but i eat blueberries, and watermelon very often. They are very good for you, but it is something you should research on our own. Blueberries have antioxidants, and other health benefits, and watermelon i read it is good for lowering blood sugars, so check it out. God Bless

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-04-29 02:12:40 -0500 Report

I read that a small piece of the Dark Chocolate is actually good for diabetics. I didn't like the dark at first but I have finally got used to it. I used to be a really bad Chocoholic. Ask your diabetes educator about dark chocolate.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-04-29 01:46:30 -0500 Report

Best wishes for your Diabetes educator appointment. I hope you get some great food ideas you need. Since everyone is different I hope they can provide you with all the information to help you with your food plan. ( I don't like the word diet, I prefer food plan ).

Glucerna 2014-04-27 16:14:36 -0500 Report

I like to think about the 'package' that food comes in. Fruit and vegetables come in 'edible packages' for the most part, while chocolate, cookies, chips, candy, etc come in plastic or paper bags or boxes. Food in nature's package contains lots of healthy vitamins, minerals, and fiber. We've had great discussions here before about paying attention to overall good health, and fruit is a part of that goal. Figuring out which fruit and the portion size that works the best for your blood sugar management gives you lots of healthy and naturally sweet options. ~Lynn @Glucerna

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-04-27 12:19:42 -0500 Report

That is something you are going to have to find out on your own. It depends on how fast the body metabolizes the sugar in the fruit. I am fine with Apples, red grapefruit and the Clementine oranges. I can't eat any other orange because the sugar in them raise my blood sugar rapidly. I eat the clementines when I feel hungry but don't want to eat. I also eat watermelon and cantaloupe aund fresh pineapple and strawberries.

Each person is different so you have to eat the food then test and find the fruit that works for you. For instance Gabby says she pairs hers with a fat or protein and eat them with a meal. I am not going through all of that but that is what works for her. It does not work for me. I don't eat fruit everyday unless it is summer and its watermelon then I eat as much as I want because I have found it does nothing to my blood sugar. On the other hand apples and strawberries will so does pineapple which is why I control how much of it I eat. This is why you have to find these kinds of things out on your own.

GabbyPA 2014-04-27 09:42:48 -0500 Report

Pair your fruits with some fat or protein and the effects on you may not be so bad.

I avoid oranges, bananas, grapes and pomegranates. However, I enjoy berries of most any kind, melons, apples, pears and lemons or limes.

If you eat them with a meal it really is not so bad. Portion is the hardest thing to watch, and that is why strawberries are on the top of my list. I can eat about 3/4 of a cup for a 15 g of carb exchange and that is filling, yummy and good for me.

tabby9146 2014-04-27 09:00:04 -0500 Report

find out which fruits you can eat, those small "cuties" as they call them, are great they are so small. I found that for myself, satsumas are great too, and they are very small, but only in season a short time in the winter I think about two months or so. Of course ,all berries are supposed to be really good for us, without raising BS much. pair a fruit with a protein, like a piece of cheese, or some peanut butter, something like that. I can get away with a pair with protein,not a large one though and when I get a banana I give my daughter half of it or I cut some slices and put in something I am making. Some days I will try to eat half a banana then late in the day, about another half, so that I am getting all those nutrients and benefits from it, just moderation.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-04-29 01:38:53 -0500 Report

Tabby9146 thanks for reminding me of Satsumas. Whenever I go through Louisiana I get some Satsumas, and boiled peanuts. They are really good.

jigsaw 2014-04-27 05:53:42 -0500 Report

Fruits that are low on the glycemic index, will have less of an effect on your blood glucose. They include most types of berries. Most fruits,if you are like me, will raise your blood glucose regardless. If I experience a spike above 130 or so, I take a 20 to 30 minute walk. A walk or a bit of aerobic exercise will reduce or eliminate the spike in most cases. Fruits are extremely important, for long term good health in my opinion. They will definitely remain an important part of my diet. My dietician recommends fruits with emphasis on portion control.

jayabee52 2014-04-26 23:39:08 -0500 Report

Howdy Sugarbaby,
I manage my Blood Glucose (BG) levels by use of a meal plan. My meal plan does include fruits. Mainly I eat blueberries, (1/8 c) stawberries, (1/4 c) red and black razzberries, (1/8 c) and occasionally some fruit cocktail (1/4 c). Small apples are OK for me as well.

However getting us to tell you what fruits we eat and in what quantities may well not get you what you really need.

As you may know, not every Person with Diabetes (PWD) reacts the same way to the same foods/ drinks / or meds. So you may need to find out which food or drink plays nice with your metabolism and which does not. There is a way to find out which foods and drinks affect you in what way and that can be found here ~

Perhaps you could use this to try and determine which fruits you can eat without a big raise in BG levels and which you should avoid.

God's best to you and yours

James Baker

haoleboy 2014-04-26 23:12:50 -0500 Report

I am a type 2 on Metformin and I do eat fruit on occasion … it is my one "cheat".
Berries (1/2-3/4 cup), apples or pears (1 small) and kiwi (1 large) work best for me. Couple your fruit snack with some protein (cheese or greek yogurt or a nut butter) to lessen the potential spike.


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