TOP 10 FRUITS FOR DIABETICS

By making wise food choices, you can help control your blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol and body weight.

Apples are a good choice because they are high in fiber and low in sugar.  Generally speaking, any fruit that has edible skin and a thick fibrous texture to it is going to be lower on the glycemic index.  You want to stay away from fruits that are very sweet and juicy and less fibrous.

Avocados

Avocado is a notorious fruit that contains the highest energy values of  any fruit for diabetics. Though this fruit contains sugar and proteins it has rich portion of digestible oil which resembles Olive oil. Avocados are good sources of Vitamins A, B, and E that are needed for improving your health in many aspects. These fruits are not so sweet, but have fatty and creamy texture helping to improve insulin activities to reduce blood sugar. Above all, avocados contain vital potassium component needed for diabetics. Studies on clinical feeding claim that avocados are good sources helping to reduce bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol.

Bitter Melon

You’ve seen it in the health food store. Alternative names, depending on the country that is talking about it, are ampalaya, corilla, karela, caraille, or charanta. What it can do is actually lower your insulin resistance and your blood sugar by helping your cells take up the blood sugar. That way your body is using the energy the way it ought to!

Berries: (Blackberriesblueberries, and strawberries) are also excellent choices.  They’re well known for their high antioxidant content and health sustaining properties.  They are also very high in fiber and lower on the glycemic index.

Cherries

Cherry fruits are very popular as a tasty fruit for diabetics that are high in antioxidants. The antioxidants are good stimulants of insulin secretion in the pancreas. As the cherries are high in fiber content, dietitians recommend as a good food for diabetics to lower blood sugar levels. As Cherries are low calorie fruits they can control blood glucose levels to beat diabetes. Cherries are highly recommended for diabetes and as one of the best fruits for diabetics. So, they top the list of diabetic foods when designing diabetic diet plan.

Grape fruits

Grape fruits are notoriously recognized as citrus fruits containing antioxidants. They are good sources of Vitamins useful to boost body energy by burning body fats steadily. Grape fruits are included in the list of low glycemic foods. Consuming grapes after meals can help your digestive system and remove toxins from your body. As the grapes compose Vitamin C and pectin fiber, consuming grapes can help reducing glucose levels. Regular intakes of handful grapes two or three times daily can enable you bring down the sugar levels in the blood stream.

Kiwi

Kiwi is with high potassium and low sodium. It has highest vitamin C among other fruits, is double that of orange. It also contains lot of fiber, magnesium, zinc, antioxidant, vitamin A, E, etc.

It is not only good for diabetes but also for diseases like colon cancer, cardiovascular diseases. It can also improve skin problems, eye health and reduce cholesterol.

The glycemic index for kiwifruit is 53, which means it does not raise theblood sugar level rapidly. The fructose and fiber found in the fruit are largely responsible for the low glycemic ranking. Gold does contain slightly more carbohydrate and more fructose, which may provide for a slightly lower glycemic index than green, but this has yet to be proven.

The presence of inositol in kiwifruit also makes it good for diabetics. Inositol can enhance the sensitivity of insulin in human body and is in a favorable aspect for the control of diabetes.

Bananas

Bananas are good for diabetics as long as you eat them in moderation and in rotation.  A lot of the end result also depends on the combinations of foods that you choose to use together. For instance eating protein rich foods like eggs or yogurt along with a banana will help lower blood sugar levels.

Cantaloupe

It also has fiber and Beta carotene which are healthy for diabetics.

Papaya

Despite of its sweetness, papaya is not contraindicated with diabetics.


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