Should Diabetics Be Worried About Fruits?
The sugar content of fruits may seem to mean that diabetics should avoid them. However, sugars found in fruits do not count as free sugars. Free sugar is the added sugar found in softdrinks, chocolates, cakes, cookies, fruit juices and honey.
Also, sugar is not the only thing that diabetics need to watch out for. It is actually the amount of carbohydrates you eat that has the greatest effect on your blood sugar levels.
Fruits such as medium-sized apples usually contain 15-20g of carbohydrates, chocolate muffins contain 55g of carbohydrates, and regular 500ml softdrinks contain 5g of carbohydrates. If you want to limit your carbohydrate intake to control your blood sugar, it’s a good idea to reduce your intake of chocolate, sweet drinks, cakes, and other snacks.
For those on a low-carb diet, it is important to identify unhealthy sources of carbs and generally reduce your intake of these food items. In other words, the sugar inside whole fruits is the least of your worries.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that eating recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables can reduce your susceptibility to chronic diseases and cancer.
Like vegetables, different fruits have different characteristics. For example, grapefruit contains healthy amounts of vitamin A and potassium, while berries are an excellent source of vitamin K and manganese.
Fruits help us by providing our bodies with fiber, minerals and vitamins, especially vitamin C. Vitamin C is important in preventing damage to our cells. Dietary fiber, on the other hand, aids digestion and is associated with lower cholesterol levels. It even plays a role in satiety (the feeling of being full), and prevents you from eating too much.