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Q:

What is the best fruit for a diabetic to eat?

Amy Campbell

A:

Actually, most fruits are fine for a person with diabetes to eat. It really boils down to the serving. One serving of fruit contains 15 grams of carbohydrate (the same amount of carbohydrate in 1 slice of bread or 8 ounces of milk, for example). Fifteen grams of carbohydrate is called one carb choice. So, if your husband has one carb choice for, say, an afternoon snack, he could have 1 small apple, 15-20 grapes, 1 cup of cantaloupe or 2 small clementines. In general, it’s better to eat fresh fruit rather than drinking fruit juice, because fruit juice is very concentrated in both calories and carbohydrate. Your husband can certainly continue to enjoy clementines, but he can also enjoy other types of fruit – it’s just a matter of knowing what the serving size is.

2 replies

Mimi43
Mimi43 2013-06-15 10:47:57 -0500 Report

I have found that eating fruit by itself, as a snack, raises my blood sugar too much. BUT - eating a small amount of fruit with a meal (protein, fiber, etc) does not raise my blood sugar any higher than the meal would without the fruit.