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Should diabetics eat fruits?

Last updated on: November 6, 2012 11:06 IST

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Diabetics can enjoy fruits that do not significantly affect blood glucose levels.

Fruits are packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber and should be a part of a diabetic diet. Just be careful of the portions.

However, diabetics should steer clear of canned fruits, processed juices or dry fruits as they are packed with simple sugars.

Here are some fruits that are good for your diabetic diet.

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Cherries

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Cherries are a low GI fruit and can safely be included in your diabetic diet.

100 grams of cherries = about 63 calories and 16 grams of carbohydrates.

Cherries are rich with antioxidants, which help protect against heart disease and cancer.


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Berries

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Strawberries, raspberries and blueberries are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and fiber and are lower in carbohydrate content.

100 grams blueberries = 57 about calories; 100 grams strawberries = 32 about calories; 100 grams raspberries = 52 about calories


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Apples

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A small apple = about 58 calories and 14 grams of carbohydrates.

Apples are rich with fiber and a good source of Vitamin C. Do eat apple skin as it is rich in fiber as well as antioxidants.


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Oranges

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Vitamin C packed Orange is a low GI fruit; Oranges is a good source of Folate and Potassium that help normalize blood pressure.

One medium Orange = about 62 calories and 15 grams of carbohydrates.


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Pears

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Pears are healthy for diabetics as they are a low-carb fruit and are a good source of potassium and fiber.

Pears are an excellent addition to most salads.


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Peaches

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Peaches are a treat for diabetics as they are a good food source of Vitamins A and C, Potassium, and Fiber.

Peaches are delicious with crushed ice or in a smoothie.


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Apricots

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Apricots can be safely eaten by diabetics as they are rich in fiber and a low carb fruits.

One apricot = about 15 calories and 4 grams of carbohydrates; Did you know that 4 fresh apricots provide up to 70% of your daily vitamin A requirement.


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