Nutrician Labels

By Koalamissy Latest Reply 2015-03-19 12:46:31 -0500
Started 2015-03-18 10:01:33 -0500

I'm very confused. I have been trying to slowly change my diet to start (finally after being diagnosed 2 years ago) eating healthier. I've been eating a salad every day for lunch. I've also been trying to eat a piece of fruit every day rather than sweets. I've been eating a small banana almost every day, but it has caused gastrointestinal issues, so I realized that I need to switch to another fruit. I'm not a big apple eater and a lot of winter fruits don't do anything for me. So I switched a couple days ago to Mandarin Oranges (Tangerines). I just looked up the nutritional information on them and there is are 26g of Carbs - 4 Fiber (which is what I need), and 21g of sugar!! Is this a good type of sugar? I thought fruit was supposed to be good for us? Can someone explain this to me please? I think I'm going to ask my doctor to send me back to the nutritionist. I give up!!!

15 replies

Type1Lou 2015-03-19 12:11:45 -0500 Report

The 21 grams of sugar in an orange are better than the 21 grams of sugar in cookies. The more natural and unprocessed the food, the better. The key is to be aware of the number of grams in any particular fruit you choose to eat. Berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries) probably have the fewest grams of carb per serving, so they will affect your blood sugar less. The size of the fruit also plays a large role in the total carbs it contains. Get yourself a guide showing the amounts of carbs in various foods and check it before you eat anything, both for serving size and carb content. "Calorie King" is a good guide that comes both in book form as well as an app. It's all about becoming CARB AWARE!

haoleboy 2015-03-19 12:33:10 -0500 Report

"Better" in that with the orange you are getting fiber and many other micronutrients that aren't available in a cookie, but 21 grams is still a lot of sugar no matter the delivery vehicle.
Serving size is really what it is all about; in theory we can eat anything we want if the serving size keeps our BGL within targeted goals. For me the serving size for some foods (like homemade Ginger Snaps) is one deep inhale ;)
Strawberries are one of the best choices in that 1 LARGE strawberry is 1.5 carbs, 0.5 grams fiber and a bunch of vitamin C. You could eat a whole lot and not destroy your daily carb budget (YMMV).


GabbyPA 2015-03-18 23:28:51 -0500 Report

I like fruit, but I treat it like a treat as much as I would a cookie. I do like berries and they are the most friendly to my glucose levels. I usually have them plain with some greek yogurt or ricotta cheese. That way I am getting some fat and or protein with it. Eating a fruit alone is generally not a good idea for me.

Karenna11 2015-03-19 12:46:31 -0500 Report

I usually have one fruit with lunch for my (desert.) I love fruit too and an going to experiment with all kinds to see what works best for me.

Koalamissy 2015-03-18 16:45:39 -0500 Report

So I called my insurance after posting this to find out if I would be covered to see a nutritionist. Because I'm diabetic, it'll be covered 100%. So when I see my doctor on the 4th, I'm going to ask him to set it in motion.

haoleboy 2015-03-18 16:42:59 -0500 Report

I can't imagine anyone not liking apples … might try a kiku or pink lady variety … they are 2 of my favorites … but … always test 1 and 2 hours after eating any new food to see what effect it has on your blood glucose levels. My goal is to keep my BGL below 140 at all times, so fruit is fairly rare in my 'diet'.
Like Jibber Jabber I eat WAY more vegetables than fruits (and believe you should too) so I am not missing out on the nutritional benefits.
Many diabetics have found that berries are an acceptable fruit. During strawberry season I love a bowl of plain yogurt (Greek if I can afford it) with a few strawberries … good eating and no spiking.


Koalamissy 2015-03-18 16:49:37 -0500 Report

It's not that I don't like them, I need to try the different varieties. There are a ton of dissent ones around here, but they are very expensive

Mando_Lynn 2015-03-18 16:14:04 -0500 Report

Ugh fruit! I can only eat apples without my BS going wonky. Bananas kill me. If you'd like to try apples, it might make them a little more appealing if you smear a little peanut butter on them. Apples also go really well with cashews.

Type1Lou 2015-03-19 12:14:19 -0500 Report

My lunch, nearly every day, is an apple, cored and sliced and slathered with 4 tbsps of all natural PB. Sweet and satisfying! I have a digital nutrition scale where I can weigh my apple, input the apple code and it gives me the nutritional values, including carbs for my apple. Today's apple had 33 grams of carb…it was a big one.

Jibber Jabber
Jibber Jabber 2015-03-18 12:04:22 -0500 Report

There is no such thing as a good type of sugar if you are a diabetic…getting your sugar from fruit is far better than getting your sugar from a donut as the donut offers nothing in the way of nutritional value..I agree with Jolene..different food effect different people in different ways..the best thing to do is monitor yourself after you eat something…this way you can make educated choices as to what foods you want to include in your diet..I personally recommend..( like my recommendations actually mean anything wink wink) That if you are aiming for the 5 a day…of servings of fruits and veggies..and want to include fruit in your diet that you should stick to one serving a day..and let the other 4 servings come from non starchy veggies..just one chicks opinion…enjoy your day..

JoleneAL 2015-03-18 10:38:42 -0500 Report

Hi there! I have discovered each person reacts to natural sugars (ie: your Tangerines) differently. I can't handle banana's, but strawberries don't bother me. Some people, strawberries bother and banana's don't. Here is what I suggest. Take your readings, eat your tangerine, check your readings 30 minutes after and see where they are. Then again after another 30 minutes. That way you know how "you" deal with certain fruits. Yes, that seems like a lot of "natural" sugar, but if you can handle it without a spike, than enjoy! It just takes a bit of work on your part at first to find the right balance. I've also discovered protein can slow down a spike, so if your salad as good solid protein in it, that could help.
Good luck and tell us how it worked out for you.

Koalamissy 2015-03-18 10:58:09 -0500 Report

Thanks JoleneAL!! My salads always have proteins in them. No matter if I put chicken or crab meat, I always have sharp cheddar & sliced almonds; sometimes hard boiled eggs. I just checked it again (I did test before I ate it) and it really didn't go up by much at all. Thankfully, I'd be devastated. My doctor had asked me if I wanted to see a nutritionist, I think when I see him in April for my next checkup, I'm going to tell him yes. I get so confused with everything. This one says this and that one says that and this doctor said this, etc… I totally appreciate you saying that it's what works with my body. Thanks again.

RebDee 2015-03-18 18:35:34 -0500 Report

I try to eat a different fruit each day so that I don't get bored. One day is a small banana, or a tangerine or mandarin orange, or red delicious apple or granny apple. Sometimes, it is just one of those dessert cups of apple sauce (no sugar added). Sometimes, it is 1/2 cup of strawberries cut up or blueberries into my lite Greek yogurt plus some raw cashews.