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Best Diabetic-Friendly Fruits

BY SOMREETA MUKHERJEE

With a variety of luscious fruits ready to be savoured, it is difficult to stay away from them. Most of them offer health benefits that help you keep fit and get your daily dose of nutrients. However, diabetics have to put up with a lot of restrictions when it comes to food. In fact, some of the most popular and healthy fruits like ripe bananas and juicy mangoes are said to be a strict no-no for diabetics. So, does that mean you can’t eat fruits if you have diabetes? Well, surely, you have every right to enjoy a bowl of fruit salad while you still keep your blood glucose level stable. Only, keep an eye on the portion size! Here are some of the best fruits that you can enjoy even as a diabetic

 

BERRIESBerries constitute diabetic super-food. Get your daily dose of antioxidants, fiber and vitamins with blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries. Berries contain natural sugars that need no insulin for them to be metabolized. Add your berries with plain yoghurt and slurp in as your favourite dessert!

 

APPLE-An apple a day keeps the doctor away- this holds true for diabetic patients as well. With around 21 grams of carbohydrates, an apple is a great option if you want an antioxidant rich snack on the go. With a glycemic index ranging from 30 to 50, an apple is an excellent choice of fruit with multiple health benefits. Opt for fresh and raw apples with the skin intact. Avoid canned apple or apple dipped in chocolate or caramel.

 

KIWI-Kiwi is one of the healthiest and tastiest fruits you can ever lay your hands upon. Packed with vitamin C, fiber and potassium, kiwi contains only 13 grams of carbs which makes it fit into your diabetic-friendly meal plan efficiently. Delicious kiwi chunks in your fruit salad make your otherwise restrictive diet appetizing.

 

ORANGES-Is there a living soul here who doesn’t love oranges? Well, as a diabetic, you need not sacrifice your orange love. Have a juicy orange and get your dose of Vitamin C while you only add about 15 grams of carbohydrate to your meal plan. Not only is it great for stabilizing blood sugar levels but is also good for regulating blood pressure.

 

As a diabetic, you must focus on having raw, whole, unprocessed fruits. Fruits are wholesome and have many a health benefit to offer. You need not necessarily ditch your diabetic diet for your fruit love. Happy eating!

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