Fruit is colorful, filled with nutrition, and incredibly healthy. It also comes with a good quantity of sugar. It is the last factor that has relegated fruit off the diabetic menu for some. But, is this entirely fair? Can diabetics eat fruit? If so, what is the quantity they can eat on a daily basis? Or does the quantity hardly matter…but the form?
A Standard Fruit Snack
The above does not refer to “fruit snacks,” which no one should be eating, really. When having fruit as a snack, what is an accepted amount? The amount needs to be looked at as a single serving, such as a single apple or a half a container of strawberries. First, patients will have to chart what a single serving of their favorite fruits will be. A single serving of fruit is about 50 to 75 calories and about 15 to 20 carbohydrates.
The fruit should come in a natural form. This means it is a straight apple, and not a single serving of apple juice (which is bloated with sugars). Whole fruit, in a natural form, is filled with a lot of fiber. Whole fruit can actually slow down digestion, which subsequently slows down any rise in glucose levels. Patients with diabetes can practice diligence in monitoring their glucose and finding what foods affect it and to what degree. This will be powerful in opening up new food opportunities.
For diabetics, fruit is perfectly acceptable. It can actually be quite healthy. But, fruit should be eaten in moderation. It should also be primarily digested in its whole natural form, and not reformed into juices or smoothies. Both of these liquid forms come with too much sugar. Also, the body processes it slower in the whole form, which is great for slowing down glucose level rises and stalling digestion to allow for the body to process it fully.
Lahey Hospital has a staff fully trained to work with diabetic patients on their many various nutritional needs. Individuals in the city can get more details for Lahey Hospital on Twitter. Fruit is just one part of the nutritional puzzle. Find a local resource in the community to explore healthy eating patterns.