We all know fruit is a healthy thing to eat, but not all fruits are created equally when it comes to diabetes.
This slideshow talks about the 10 best fruits for people with diabetes to eat while trying to control their blood glucose. In general, fruits with a lower glycemic index (a measure for how a carbohydrate-containing food raises blood glucose) are good choices. Fat and fiber content tend to lower the GI of a food.
Here's an overview of fruits that are better choices for diabetics:
Berries: Berries are high in anti-oxidants which help make your immune system stronger. Their glycemic index and load are low which will help you to keep your blood sugar level steady.
Apples: Apples are high in soluble fiber, rich in anti-oxidants and just plain good! Apples make a great on-the-go snack because they’re self-contained and don’t bruise easily.
Peaches: There is a lot of vitamin C and fiber in a peach. Avoid canned, syrupy peaches and stick with the whole fruit.
Cherries: These sweet fruits contain anthocyanins which have anti-inflammatory properties. A dozen cherries equals one portion.
Pears: Yummy pears are rich in fiber. “Although not well documented, pears are among the least allergenic of all fruits and are therefore recommended by health practitioners as a safe alternative in the preparation of food products for allergy sufferers,” according to the slideshow.
Grapefruit: Loaded with vitamin C, grapefruit also contains the flavonoid narigenin, which can increase the body’s sensitivity to insulin.
Oranges: When eaten whole (not as juice), oranges will give you a boost of vitamin C, A and B complex and the fiber will help to regulate your blood sugar.
Plums and prunes: These fruits are natural sources that aid in digestion as well as provide needed vitamins.
Guava: This fruit is rich in fiber and nearly four times the vitamin C found in oranges!
Grapes: Grapes are very high in natural sugar, but if you keep the portion low enough you can enjoy the benefits without seeing a spike in your blood sugar. Ten grapes equals one serving.
There you have it; a list of the 10 best fruits to eat with diabetes. It’s very important to remember to test your blood sugar when eating fruit to be certain it isn’t spiking your blood sugar. Just because a fruit is listed as “good for diabetics,” it doesn’t mean it will always work for you.