Fruits and veggies

T. 2014
By T. 2014 Latest Reply 2014-06-02 15:13:15 -0500
Started 2014-06-01 14:22:16 -0500

Happy first day of June! I am a newbie here and am looking forward to learning. Can anyone give me an idea of which fruits and veggies are best for diabetics? I've been on an edamame kick for a couple weeks and wanted some ideas and suggestions

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MrsCDogg 2014-06-02 05:38:11 -0500 Report

Anything that's non-starchy works best. Personally, I eat small amounts of starchy veggies like potatoes. Sweet potatoes are also really good and raise my blood sugar less than a white potato does. Berries work well for me. Blackberries, strawberries, raspberries,mulberries, all of them work great and I happen to love them too. I think the key is moderation. Just don't over eat anything and you will be in good shape.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-06-02 12:11:48 -0500 Report

You are correct in saying that all of this works for you. It may not work for her. She has to find what fruits work best for her. I can eat corn with no problems as long as make sure I eat protein. Some people can drink orange juice to raise their blood sugar. I can't do that at all. People metabolize foods differently and this can have an adverse affect on her while it won't bother you at all.

jayabee52 2014-06-01 23:52:50 -0500 Report

Howdy T.2014

Steve (haoleboy) brings up a great point when he mentions " . , , what works for me may not work for you. test and see the effect of various foods have on your BGL" (Blood Glucose Level)

There is a way to find out which foods and drinks work the best for your particular metabolism and that is to test your BG level before you eat a controlled portion of food, and then test again 2 hrs after eating (postpradial). I have written a discussion on how best to find our what foods and drinks play nice with your metabolism and which don't. You can find that discussion nere ~ Should you follow the suggestions there, you will end up with a binder full of foods and drinks which you know you can tolerate the effects on your BG level and some which you cannot.

I pray this helps you

James Baker

neverlowbg 2014-06-01 23:39:33 -0500 Report

Watermelon blueberries strawberrys cantaloupe and my down fall once a month grapes veggies cucumber peppers green leafy anything and my favorite avocado and artichoke

haoleboy 2014-06-01 23:16:58 -0500 Report

totally addicted to roasted edamame! go carefully .. though packed with a ton of protein they also have more carbs than you might think.
When it comes to fruit I tend to stick to blueberries, strawberries and blackberries as they seem to raise my BGL least of all fruits (and besides … I really like them). You need to watch portions (well … you always need to watch portions as fruits are high in sugar (fructose).
As far as veggies … avoid 'starchy' vegetables as they are high in carbs. (carrots,peas and corn fall into this category too). Green leafy vegetables are almost all good.
Keep in mind that what works for me may not work for you. test and see the effect of various foods have on your BGL


Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-06-02 12:26:22 -0500 Report

I read somewhere that diabetics should avoid eating edamame because of the carbs in it. I eat peas once a month but eat an ear of corn almost everyday during the summer (not giving up my Maryland Sweet Corn). I make sure I eat a lot of protein with it. I use carrots as a snack when I am out of the house. The baby carrots are easy to carry and give me enough carbs to keep me going between meals. I totally agree what works for one person may not work for another which is why you have to eat and test.

haoleboy 2014-06-02 12:55:50 -0500 Report

yup … as I mentioned the carbs in edamame can add up quickly. I've mentioned before that diabetes is not my only concern when it comes to nutrition. being a stroke survivor my real concern is avoiding another stroke and avoiding a heart attack. So edamame is one of those foods that I 'compromise" on because it has so many nutritional advantages.
I look at it this way … I have x amount of carbs to 'spend' each day and I want to 'spend' them on the most nutrient dense foods possible.
YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary) is one of my "three universal truths":


T. 2014
T. 2014 2014-06-02 13:51:26 -0500 Report

i noticed that edamame might be the cause of increase in my #'s. Although, my #'s average about 111 in the morning. (that is the only time i am directed to check) My #s used to average 96-103 before i began eating edamame. So…that gives me something to think about. I love it as a snack b/c it takes time to eat & it is satisfying. My problem is trying to figure out night time snacks that are healthy. I miss my popcorn & pretzels. :/

haoleboy 2014-06-02 14:22:09 -0500 Report

just a thought … totally non-medical … if your morning #'s are higher you may want to think about foregoing the evening snack?
is there a reason you only check in the morning?


Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-06-02 15:13:15 -0500 Report

My doctor ordered the same thing and I ignored it. I tested throughout the day. That is how I know what spikes me and what doesn't. If you have high numbers in the morning you might want to try eating something with protein before bed . It will prevent your liver from dumping carbs into your system over night. Who said you can't have a cup of air popped popcorn. I eat it when I want a snack. I even add I Can't Believe It's Not Butter to the popcorn and a little salt. I also eat pretzels now and then.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-06-02 13:14:25 -0500 Report

I have tried edamame raw and cooked and decided it is an acquired taste. I did not like it. I added it to my list that contains mushrooms because I don't like those either.

I still have an infected lymph node so for the past two weeks I have been living off of cream soup and milk shakes. I didn't have any pain this morning so I tried a soft scrambled egg. I was in so much pain I was in tears from trying to chew the pieces of egg that I almost went to the emergency room. My doctor can see me tomorrow so lunch and dinner is soup and a milkshake. Keeps my carbs up and it is filling.

haoleboy 2014-06-02 13:45:16 -0500 Report

isn't odd how our tastes can differ so widely? mushrooms are a favorite of mine … but then there are very few foods I won't eat … mussels are about the only food I can think of I don't eat.
sorry that you are continuing to suffer with those infested lymph nodes … can't be any fun at all, although ice cream sounds good right about now as we have been well into the 90's here … but sadly it is on my never again list.
Get better soon Joyce.


Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-06-02 14:08:55 -0500 Report

I eat the no sugar added ice cream and it really doesn't raise my numbers because I have eaten dinner. It taste just as good and I have not given up something I miss.

T. 2014
T. 2014 2014-06-02 13:53:03 -0500 Report

i miss ice cream as well. now its just sugar free popsicles. I also love the sugar free jello topped w/ whip cream

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-06-02 14:09:57 -0500 Report

Have you tried the no sugar added ice cream. I eat it after dinner and since I don't eat all of the carbs I should, the ice cream doesn't raise my numbers. I have the sugar free Popsicles also.

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