MyDoc Tuesday Tips: Fruits & Diabetes
A common myth about people with diabetes or pre-diabetes is that fruits are forbidden. In fact, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), many types of fruit are loaded with vitamins and minerals- that can help regulate blood sugar levels.
Tips to enjoy fruits if you are diabetic or pre-diabetic:
1. Always eat fresh or frozen fruits instead of processed fruits such as applesauce, canned fruit, dried fruit and fruit juices. The body absorbs processed fruits more rapidly, leading to higher blood sugar levels. Processing fruits also removes or reduces levels of certain key nutrients, including vitamins and fiber.
2. Choose fruits with a low glycemic index such as
3. Aim to have two to three servings of fruits a day. It is best to consume them between main meals to avoid an excessive overload of carbohydrates during lunch and dinner.