Which Fruits Are Suitable For People with Diabetes?

The American Diabetes Association states that fruit is a healthy part of any diabetes meal plan. The ADA recommends fresh fruit, frozen or canned (unsweetened or no added sugar).

Dried fruit can also be nutritious but do not overeat. One tiny box of raisins can contain as much as 14g of carbohydrates.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends around 1.5 to 2 cups of fruit daily for people with and without diabetes.

The ADA recommends the following fruits to include as part of a diabetes meal plan:

  • Apples

  • Apricots

  • Avocado

  • Blackberries

  • Blueberries

  • Cantaloupe

  • Cherries

  • Grapefruit

  • Grapes

  • Honeydew melon

  • Nectarine

  • Peaches

  • Pears

  • Plums

  • Raspberries

  • Strawberries

  • Tangerines


Some fruits are known to have a medium to high Glycemic Index (GI) rating. These fruits could raise blood glucose levels faster when compared to other fruits. GI rating increases as the fruit ripens.

People with diabetes need not avoid eating these fruits, but they may want to limit their intake and have to monitor their blood sugar levels after eating certain fruits carefully.

According to Medical News Today (MNT), fruits that have a high GI include:

  • Overly ripe bananas

  • Dried dates

  • Pineapple

  • Watermelon

Content Source: LiveScience


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