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The Best Fruits to Manage Your Blood Sugar
weather means lots of luscious fruit. But if you have diabetes,
may be wondering how these seasonal treats can fit into your diet plan.
to the American Diabetes Association (ADA) fruits
loaded with vitamins, minerals,
fiber and should be a part of a diabetic diet —
keep track of them as you do all your carbs.
key is to keep an eye on portion sizes and
away from fruits canned in syrups or other
of added sugar.
you are using the glycemic index (GI) to manage your diabetes,
fruits are a good choice because they are low GI.
your sweet tooth and keep your blood sugar
check with the following fresh or frozen low-carb choices
2 / 9 Berries for Antioxidants
Whether you love blueberries, strawberries, or any other type of berries, you have the go-ahead to indulge. According to the ADA, berries are a diabetes superfood because they're packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber and are low-carb. Three quarters of a cup of fresh blueberries have 62 calories and 16 grams of carbohydrates. If you can resist the urge to just pop them in your mouth, try berries in a parfait, alternating layers of fruit with plain non-fat yogurt — it makes a great dessert or breakfast.
3 / 9 Tart Cherries to Fight Inflammation
Cherries are a low-carb, low-GI choice and can safely be included in your diabetic diet. Twelve sweet cherries have 59 calories and 14 grams of carbohydrates, but tart cherries might be an especially good choice. A recent study found that tart cherries contain more anti-inflammatory agents than any other fruit. Tart cherries also are packed with antioxidants, which may fight heart disease, cancer, and other diseases. Cherries can be purchased fresh, canned, frozen, or dried. But since many canned and dried fruits contain added sugar, be sure to check the labels.
4 / 9 Peaches for Potassium
5 / 9 Apricots for Fiber
6 / 9 Apples for Vitamins
7 / 9 Oranges for Vitamin C
8 / 9 Pears for Potassium and Fiber
9 / 9 Low-Carb Kiwi