Can fruit be part of your meal plan if you are living with diabetes? My answer is usually “yes indeed!” So many people with diabetes come to me fearing fruit. They’ve heard it has too much sugar or raises blood glucose levels, more than other foods. These concerns may stem from out-of-date thinking. Years ago, health professionals sometimes advised those living with diabetes to avoid fruit. Today, the advice has changed; those living with diabetes can often eat the foods they love, especially fruit! In fact, I encourage clients to eat fruit because it has all-natural fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Fruit does have carbs however, so portions are especially important; and check with your diabetes care team on how to include fruit into your meal plan. Click to see six of my favorite fruit choices for my clients with diabetes. I’ve selected delicious, nutritious fruits that each serve up a portion of about fifteen grams of carbohydrate. Weights listed include skin, core, seeds, and rind unless otherwise specified.
Jill Weisenberger, MS, RD, CDE*, is the author of Diabetes Weight Loss Week by Week. Weisenberger is a paid contributor for The DX. All opinions contained in this article reflect those of the contributor, and not of Sanofi US, its employees, agencies, or affiliates.
*“Certified Diabetes Educator” and “CDE” are certification marks owned and registered by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE). NCBDE is not affiliated in any way with Sanofi US. NCBDE does not sponsor or endorse any diabetes-related products or services.
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