Fruits

Goddess
By Goddess Latest Reply 2014-12-23 18:03:39 -0600
Started 2008-07-13 18:48:03 -0500

Does anyone know which fruits are best for you and have the least sugar?Also do fruits digest fast?


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RebDee
RebDee 2014-12-23 18:03:39 -0600 Report

I love fruit and have two fruits per day. Usually an apple is one but during the summer I love melon of all kinds. My melon baller is a good utensil for me so that I can eat only a cup of melon at a time. I also like pineapple and berries. Fruits are usually my dessert.

Toma
Toma 2008-09-17 23:45:22 -0500 Report

Hi Misery,

It is just as important to know what type of sugar since different sugars have different glycemic responses. Fructose has a much lower glycemic response than sucrose or glucose. Fruits will usually have varying amounts of fructose and glucose and possibly even sucrose. This would get way too complicated if I tried to do a listing of all the sugars for each fruit since we cannot do tables in our post. I just did sugars. You can also compare them by their glycemic index at http://www.glycemicindex.com/
The software I use allows me to rank foods by many different criteria. The fruits lowest in sugars came up in order from lowest and for 100 gram portion so I am comparing in equal amouts.
KIWANO HORNED MELON, AVOCADO, RHUBARB, LIME, BANANA MELON, CARAMBOLA, ( STARFRUIT) CRANBERRY, CURRANT, HONEYDEW, RASPBERRY, STRAWBERRY, BLACKBERRY, GRAPEFRUIT, CASABA MELON, PAPAYA, WATERMELON, CROW BERRY, KIWI FRUIT, CHINESE GOOSEBERRY,GRAPEFRUIT, ASIAN PEAR, PLUM, APRICOT, CANTALOUPE, NECTARINE, TANGERINE, APPLE
Those that came up the highest were (from highest to lowest)
CRANBERRY, SWEETENED, TAMARIND, POMEGRANATE, FIG, GRAPE, LITCHI, MANGO, PLANTAIN, BILBERRY, ROWAL, SOURSOP, SWEET CHERRY, PERSIMMON, BANANA, PINEALPPLE, PASSION FRUIT, GRANADILLA, BREADFRUIT, TANGERINE, MANDARIN,³ Mandarin oranges, PINEAPPLE, EXTRA SWEET, BLUEBERRY, PLUM, WHORTLEBERRY, RAW PEAR, CURRANT, BLACK, ORANGE, PEAR, KUMQUAT, ORANGE, CLEMENTINE, KIWIFRUIT, GUAVA, NECTARINE, PEACH, ABIYUCH
Some appear in different places in the rankings and this is explained by different varieties and different ripeness of the fruits being tested. If you would like to see more complete data you can download a 14 day evaluation copy of the software at
http://www.nutribase.com/toma/nb7nc-setup.exe

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-07-16 07:49:56 -0500 Report

Like JP said, Berries are great. You can enjoy different ones in season, so you don't get bored with just and apple a day kind of thing. There are some great things like Kiwi and melons. You have to be careful with some melons because I have seen that they spike people's BG. I don't seem to have issues with things like cantalope and watermelon, but you will have to monitor your sugar to see what they do to you.
What ever you choose, try to purchase them from your local farmer's market if you are able. The flavors are better and your fruits will be fresher.
I have also heard that if you eat fruit a little on the "green" side, you will have less sugar, as that increases as the fruit ripens.

buzy bev
buzy bev 2008-07-16 15:33:35 -0500 Report

Gabby, I see you mentioned "green" fruits. I just tried something out with a green apple. I ate half and gave it to my non-diabetic husband and he loved it.

1 large green apple (peeled and sliced into pie slices). Mix-in brown sugar substitute (granulated) and sprinkle cinnamon and mix again.I didn't have nutmeg, but a bit of it would be great.
I microwaved it for 2 minutes!
This was my answer to Apple Brown Betty.

Let me know it you try it.

Bev

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-07-17 12:28:55 -0500 Report

MMMM, that sounds yummy.
The color green is good, but I actually meant less ripe. I have always enjoyed pears that crunch instead of drip. I can't stand a bannana after the spots appear, and an apple that is less ripe has a tart zing to it, and a crispness that I love. Of course, green oranges sound really gross. LOL
I know that we are encouraged to eat green veggies, meaning color. Does that same apply to fruit? Or is it just the more color the better for you?

partvalentine
partvalentine 2008-07-14 05:47:20 -0500 Report

I have trouble with most fruit, but if you want to know the carb count, the best place I have found it to go to www.calorieking.com.

Lori

Gabby
GabbyPA 2008-07-17 12:37:17 -0500 Report

This is a really cool website! It even lists how much exercise is required to burn off what you eat (by selecting a food you like)
I do have a question. What are "Kilojoules"? What I gather is that it is related to weight, but I have not found an explination that I can understand. Anyone out there have a lay-mans explination? I see it a lot in calorie counting.

Toma
Toma 2008-09-17 22:28:08 -0500 Report

Hi Gabby,

It is another way of stating calories.
1 [Food] Calorie = 4180.6 Joules…therefore

Converting from KJS (kilojoules) to [Food] Calories:

Multiply the number of kjs by 0.239

1 kjs = 0.239 Calories
320 kjs =76.48

Converting from Calories to KJS:

Multiply the number of Calories by 4.184

1 Calorie = 4.184 kjs
75 Calories = 313.8 kjs

JP - 14811
JP - 14811 2008-07-14 01:48:38 -0500 Report

I've always found the the best fruits are apples and pears. They seem to be better on the blood sugar levels than some others. Bananas and grapes are the worst. Grapes are not really bad but a serving size is 15 grapes.. who can eat just 15 of them??? !!! Berries are good too if you don't add sugar. Fruits servings should be 2-3 a day only because of the natural sugars in them. I'm not sure if they digest faster. You should always leave the skins on (except banana's) for the added fiber.

*Judy (JP)

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