Are there special fruits for diabetics? Good question. Fruit is one of nature’s tastiest foods. When you’ve got a sweet tooth, grabbing an apple or a slice of watermelon is the healthiest way to fulfill it. Why? With fruit, you get that yummy flavor along with a cool combination of vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytonutrients that stave off disease and promote good health.
Still, every person with diabetes is different. Know how fruit works with your own body. Most fruits have a low glycemic index because of their fructose and fiber content, so they work well with a diabetes diet. But apples may spike your glucose levels where peaches may not. (Here’s where glucose monitoring is important.) Check the serving size, eat your fruit, and check your blood glucose level about 1-1/2 to 2 hours later.
Once you’ve figured out the best fruits for you, make it a part of your daily diet. However, avoid fruit juice and instead eat at least two to four servings of fresh, canned or frozen fruit each day. Slip them into breakfast, lunch and dinner. Or, use them as a snack to help get you through the day. Try a variety, such as:
- a small apple
- a dozen grapes
- ½ cup of strawberries
- small fruit salad
- a serving of raisins or blueberries
Note: While fruit is a staple in most healthy diets, consult with a dietician for guidance on your daily allowance of fruits for diabetics.