Old thinking.

By DonnaAnn Latest Reply 2011-07-24 22:34:23 -0500
Started 2008-07-21 22:37:49 -0500

Okay, I am confused. What is the thinking of watermelon, and bananas? i have had people tell me that diabetics can now eat them, and then have others tell me we cant. I have also been told it depends on the diabetic? AAAHHHHH! From what I understand, oranges are still on the no no list. Any insight would be greatly appreciated!

13 replies

2011-07-24 22:34:23 -0500 Report

I was told to lay off the fruit entirely. All fruit will do, is spike your b/s so high, that there isn't enough insulin to bring it back down. So I for one, avoid it. Like the plague.

dubyadd 2011-07-24 21:41:30 -0500 Report

if you are diabetic, remember these words "Fruit is not your friend" . Fruit juices are even whose, whole fruit has at least some fiber. Look up the glycemic index of fruits. Only few are in the low category, just too many carbs. Half an apple, a small pear, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries, occasional 1/2 a grapefruit, is all I ever eat anymore. As for bananas, forget them, I read where 1 doctor said that if you ate an banana, he could not inject enough insulin fast enough to off set the sugar increase. melons are also off limits unless eaten in very small amounts. Use a small melon baller, make 3-4 balls of melon, eat them, its all you get today, now chew up some celery!

rj 2008-07-22 08:39:32 -0500 Report

Yup, Unfortunately nothing is cut and dried…Keeping a food log/diary is pretty helpful…I try along with that to account for activity too. It does play a part when your testing…If you have been busier than normal that day you may get a different result from another day

DonnaAnn 2008-07-22 08:37:44 -0500 Report

what confuses me is not oranges and grapefruits, but I do find that interesting about how it affects medicine! whats the difference between a cookie and a orange? natural sugar vs processed? hmmm.

kdroberts 2011-06-30 20:17:43 -0500 Report

At the base level, not much is different. A cookie might actually give you slightly better blood sugar than an orange since an orange is straight up sugar and a cookie contains fat and other ingredients that may help slow the digestion of carbs and smooth out the spike.

Dancehawk 2008-07-22 06:49:18 -0500 Report

You can eat them but in very small portions and plan them into your meal plan.
I eat blueberrys almost every day, strawberrys when I can aford them 1 small banana a few times a week.
Youll need to look where you are sugar wise and if your numbers are good have a small slice.
I had 3 bites from my hubbys it was so good… but it did raise me temp and it was in the safe raise zone for me.
130 area.


butterfly_8 2008-07-22 08:06:06 -0500 Report

I eat banannas and Oranges. I was told I cannot have grapefruit because it is cont5radictive to medication. I cannot see to much difference between oranges and grapefruits except oranges are sweeter. So I am also confused. I love grapefruits.But I am terrified to try one.

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JP - 14811 2008-07-22 04:45:11 -0500 Report

There is no "Diabetic Diet" anymore. We can eat anything out there we just have to plan for it. As for fruits, it all depends on you and how your body handles it. I eat bananas all the time with no ill effects but the next person might not be able to have them at all. Everyone is different and you need to experiment with your own meal plans to see what works and what doesn't. Good luck with your testing.

*Judy (JP)

DiabetesDiva 2008-07-22 04:07:59 -0500 Report

I LOVE fruit, especially mangoes. I know some fruits are higher in sugar than others. There's a cereal by Kashi, the puffs kind only has 15 carbs for one cup. I love this cereal and add a banana to it. I've never been told by my doc or nutrionist that any fruit was off limits. But everyone is different. There's no black or white in managing diabetes. You'll start to learn what works for you.

Good luck-


GabbyPA 2008-07-22 00:34:40 -0500 Report

Just like John says, we have to become our own lab rats. It is like anything in life, when you generalize, you exclude and wrongly tag. I would say there are things to avoid and be careful with. But your body is the one that has to tell you what you can do. And the problem with that, it that it changes everyday. I don't eat too many bannanas, but 1/2 of one for breakfast with my yogurt or something is not too bad. Watermelon doesn't seem to spike my sugar, but a bowl of cereal sure will.
If it is natural, I will choose it over anything processed. My hang up is always portions, so stick to the sizes that are recommended until you figure out how your sugar reacts.

morris.js 2008-07-21 23:46:02 -0500 Report

Donna, It is very confusing even for those of us who have had Diabetes for a while. To be honest, it is what your body can deal with. We all react differently to everything from drugs, food eaten, and even exercise. Personaly, I eat 2 bananas a day without any ill effects on my blood sugar levels. But also I have to say that I am very active physically. (I need to eat the bananas to keep my leg cramps from happening at night.)
The best thing I can advise is to try these things yourself, and keep a log of before and after sugar levels. Try different portion sizes as well. If you eat a "personal" watermellon by yourself, that may be too much…LOL however if you eat a reasonable size slice, you may not have any problems with it at all.

Good luck with your experimentation…hee hee

DonnaAnn 2008-07-22 08:34:53 -0500 Report

they say you are what you eat. I would probably look like a watermelon too if I ate a whole one!

Gimpalong 2011-06-30 18:46:24 -0500 Report

Most of us would…lol. I can have 1 cup of watermelon. It counts as 1 carb serving. I cut my slice off the rind and measure that way. Then I figure it into my food plan for the day. I don't have a lot of spiking after eating it. Like Morris and Gabby said, each of us are different, and we have to try to cut out the things that raise our bg's quite a bit, and eat those that are in our body ranges of control. I love fruits.

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