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Q:

Does eating oranges and tangerines raise your blood sugar and if so should they be avoided?

Amy Campbell

A:

Oranges and tangerines contain carbohydrate, as do all types of fruit. All foods that contain carbohydrate can raise blood glucose, but this does not mean that you shouldn’t eat them, as carbohydrate is an important energy source for the body. The key is controlling the amount of carbohydrate that you eat at each of your meals and snacks. One small orange (about the size of a tennis ball) contains 15 grams of carbohydrate, as do two small tangerines. You can certainly include either of these fruits in your eating plan (and they’re a rich source of many vitamins, minerals and fiber), but you’ll need to count them as one of your carbohydrate choices or servings. If you’re uncertain as to how much carbohydrate you should be eating at your meals and snacks, I’d recommend that you meet with a dietitian who can give you more guidance. In general, however, men need at least 60 to 75 grams of carb per meal and women need 45 to 60 grams of carb per meal. Snacks, if you eat them, are typically 15 to 30 grams of carb.

October 11, 2012 at 1:11 pm