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Fruits Diabetics should avoid

Updated on September 27, 2011
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Diabetics should avoid these fruits

 Fruits such as bananas, dates, mango, grapes, strawberry, custard apple, watermelons, oranges, fruit juices, and dried fruits are high in glucose and should be considered carefully as part of a balanced meal plan of a diabetic. Fruit juices consumption should be limited. Fruit juices tend to be stripped of the pulpy fibrous parts of the fruit and therefore tend to be very low in fiber and very high in sugar. Many fruit juices manufacturers also add sugar to their fruit juices to the extent that some fruit juices have high sugar levels. They are high in carbs than fresh fruit. If you cannot skip fruit juices as a drink, then take 1 part of fruit juice with 3-4 parts of water thus diluting the sugar content in the fruit juice. Hope this list of Fruits Diabetics should avoid helps you choose the fruits you enjoy while not worrying about your blood sugar level.

Fruits with high amounts of glucose should be eaten only in small amounts as they can increase blood glucose levels. Also note that most fruits can still be enjoyed as part of a healthy diabetic meal plan.  Avoid dried fruits: Dried fruits tend to have a significant effect blood sugar levels due to their high sugar content. Canned fruits in syrup also tend to be high in sugar and therefore should be eaten in moderation.

People with diabetes also can reduce their risk for having a heart attack, stroke, and other complications by keeping the following in mind:

A: Average Glucose. Most people with diabetes should get an A1C test at least twice a year, which measures how well blood glucose has been controlled over the past 2-3 months. The goal for most people with diabetes is an A1C less than 7%, which is an estimated average glucose of less than 154 mg/dl.

B: Blood Pressure - People with diabetes should have a target blood pressure of less than 130/80 mmHg.

C: Cholesterol - LDL (bad) cholesterol should be below 100 mg/dl; HDL (good) cholesterol should be above 40 mg/dl for men and 50 mg/dl for women; triglycerides should be below 150 mg/dl.

The total amount of carbohydrates affects blood sugar levels more than the source - whether it is a starch or sugar. One serving of fruit should contain 15 grams of carbohydrates. The advantage of eating a low-carbohydrate fruit is that you can consume a larger portion. But whether you eat a low-carb or high-carb fruit, as long as the serving size contains 15 grams of carbohydrates, the effect on your blood sugar is the same.

The following fruit servings contain about 15 grams of carbohydrates:

1/2 medium banana
1/2 cup (83 grams) cubed mango
1 1/4 cup (190 grams) cubed watermelon
1 1/4 cup (180 grams) whole strawberries
1/3 cup (80 grams) sapodilla (chikoo)
3/4 cup (124 grams) cubed pineapple

Fruits Diabetics should avoid do not include all the fruits and in fact, most of the fruits have high fiber and low fat and are highly recommended for consumption - just watch out for the high GI fruits listed in the top of this hub.


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