Diabetes is a very common disease anywhere in the world.
One thing about diabetics is that they are always conscious of what they eat and drink.
Though you can be taking insulin or some other medications without much worries on your diet, it’s still very much important to know what foods and drinks to consume and those to avoid.
Today, I’m happy to clear some doubts regarding fruits people enquire about, whether it’s good or bad for diabetes.
- Is Watermelon Good or bad for diabetics
People often ask if eating watermelon is bad for diabetics and whether it can raise your blood sugar?
Eating watermelon among other healthy fruits for diabetics like avocados, berries, cherries, kiwis, pawpaw, etc is good. The point is that it should be at a moderate level.
Watermelon is known to be rich in fiber, vitamin C, manganese and other nutrients and could reduce your sugar level minimally, so also cholesterol in the bloodstream.
The concern and what brings about different opinions on diabetic patients consuming watermelon is the fact that the fruit has a high Glycemic index, which is actually more than 75 but it also has low Glycemic load which makes it a good choice.
- Are Grapes good or bad for diabetes
I was one time in the clinic for diabetic patients and a woman asked the team of dieticians during their morning checkup if they can eat grapes as she’s fond of taking it.
Grapes are also healthy fruits for diabetes when taken let’s say, once in a week.
Grapes don’t increase the sugar level and wouldn’t help in boosting the insulin.
- Can diabetic patient eat Orange
Amongst what people usually ask is if oranges are good for diabetics and whether oranges raise your blood sugar or not.
Like I’ve said, most of these fruits have sugar but eating a wide range of fruits that are rich in fiber and vitamins will put you in a safety net.
Oranges are therefore good and would not worsen your condition.
- Are Mangoes, Banana, and Pineapple good for diabetics
There are also controversies regarding mango, banana, and pineapple for people living with diabetes and the worries are about how much the sugar content since they’re very sweetened.
Mangoes and diabetes
Mangoes are tipped to be safe for diabetic patients according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases but I would not advise anyone with high sugar levels to consume this fruit.
A cup of mango juice can spike your blood sugar level.
Therefore, a patient that’s already diagnosed with hyperglycemia should avoid it while a moderate drink can still be good for pre-diabetics, people with between 140 and 199 mg/dL sugar level.
Banana and diabetes
For bananas, it is not that the fruit is bad for diabetics per se.
Bananas like many other fruits contain carbs which could affect the sugar level but bananas are also high in fiber which can help to slow down the digestion and absorption of carbohydrates and prevent a spike in blood sugar.
Pineapple and diabetes
For pineapple juice and diabetes, it can both do you good and bad.
While pineapple contains fiber, vitamins, and minerals for good health, it’s also high in carbohydrates.
Just a half cup of pineapple juice should be enough for consumption when you’re most active and can get it into use in the body quickly.
- Is apple good for diabetes?
Of course yes, apples are amongst recommended fruit vegetables for diabetic patients.
Eating two apples per day will not spike your blood sugar and at the same time provide carbs for the body.
- Avocados and diabetes
Avocados are known to have fewer carbs since they don’t have too much sugar, and at the same time have much fiber which is good in digesting the glucose, fructose, and galactose in avocados.
Avocados can fit in easily in your gestational diabetes meal plan, for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes since they don’t impact your sugar level.
- Is papaya good or bad for diabetes?
There are health benefits of pawpaw on diabetes. It has high water content, so also fiber and aid digestion.
Some studies have reported that papaya help in improving insulin production.
In traditional medicines, people also use the papaya leaves for curing diabetes for this can not be proven medically as the subjects of research are not many in most cases.
However, there are testimonials about papaya leaves reducing the blood sugar level.
- Guava good for diabetes?
Guava is among fruits that do not raise sugar level, it has a low Glycemic index and load and therefore good for people living with diabetes.
Guava is rich in fiber and other nutrients, especially potassium which can help to regulate blood pressure. It is also found to patients not developing type two diabetes.
These are some of the fruits diabetic patients can take raw, like fruit juice or tea.
Some leafy vegetables are usually suggested by dietitians to help diabetics, non-leafy ones like fruits are not excluded in the meal plan too.
While the above-mentioned fruits are healthy for consumption by people who’re diabetic, the fruits are expected to be taken in small quantities and not regularly.
A wide range of fruits also does better for not only diabetics but non-diabetics as well.