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November 20, 2017
Low-Sugar Fruits for Diabetic Diets
Naturally occurring sugar can be found in all fruits, although some may contain more than others. Those trying keep sugar consumption under control usually give up a lot of the usual culprits such as soda pop and candy, but quite…
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Naturally occurring sugar can be found in all fruits, although some may contain more than others. Those trying keep sugar consumption under control usually give up a lot of the usual culprits such as soda pop and candy, but quite often overlook fruit. Although a healthier way of satisfying a “sweet-fix” fruits such as watermelon have a greater amount of sugar than others. Here are some examples of low-sugar fruits suitable for diabetics to consume:
- Strawberries – 1 gram of sugar per strawberry of medium size, high in fiber and vitamin C as well.
- Blackberries – For every 100 grams you get 5 grams of sugar, 5 grams of fiber, and 1.40 grams of protein.
- Peaches – One peach of medium size contains approximately 13 grams of sugar.
- Oranges – 14 grams of digestible sugar and excellent source of vitamin C. Steer clear of fruit juices with added sugars and go for the actual fruit instead.
- Lemons / Limes – Not the most intuitive snack to reach for, but with rich levels of vitamin C and only 2 grams of sugar, it can be a great part of a person’s diet.
- Grapefruit – Half a grapefruit can have 11 grams of sugar. Some honey or Stevia on top of this fruit may mitigate tartness.
- Honeydew Melon – Contains 11 grams of digestible sugar, along with potassium, vitamin C, and iron.
- Avocados – Virtually no sugar found in avocados, but has good fats and fiber.
Adding low-sugar fruits into you diet
Some benefits of having daily fruit in your diet include things such as weight loss, healthy skin, increased energy levels, and reduced risk of diseases such as cancer. The American Cancer Society suggests at least 2 1/2 cups of fruits and vegetables daily. You can implement them into any meal of the day in a variety of ways to keep things fresh and appealing for consumption. For example, during breakfast some yogurt or non-sweetened cereal can be topped with peaches or chopped berries. Snacks can be easily made by cutting up fruit into smaller edible-sized chunks and refrigerated for later consumption. Lunch and dinner can include fruits as well, fruits and berries make perfect salad toppings and lemon or lime juice as dressing. Desserts can be healthier with whole fruits and combined into a fruit salad topped with honey to sweeten the deal.