Can Diabetics Eat Fruit?

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Of course they can! It is a common myth that diabetics shouldn’t eat certain foods because they are “too sweet.” Managing diabetes takes a lot of organization, will power and time. But having this particular disease does not mean that you have to go without.

When planning your meal, always keep in mind the total amount of carbohydrates eaten – this is more important than where the carbohydrates come from. The rule of thumb is one serving of carbohydrates is 15 grams. If the fruit has less sugar you can eat a larger portion to get to the 15 grams of carbohydrates. According to the ADA, 3 to 4 servings of carbohydrates per meal is about right for many people. Keep in my mind that the 3 to 4 servings needs to cover all carbohydrate consumption, including rice and bread, that you eat in your meal.

So how much fruit contains 15 grams of carbohydrates? Follow the breakdown below for an example:

1) 1 small apple

2) 1 small banana

3) 1/2 cup cubed mango

4) 1 1/4 cup whole strawberries

5) 3/4 cup pineapple

By: DiabeticCare editorial team; Published: 4-2-2013, 2:00 PM

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