Fruits are loaded with vitamins, mineral and fibers just like vegetable but they also contain carbohydrates. People with diabetes can enjoy the seasonal fruits as well, as long as they keep in mind the portion sizes and excluding fruits that are canned in syrups or added sugars from their diet. Here is a list of top 10 fruits that could help in managing your blood sugar level.
Blueberries are considered as “diabetes superfood”. They are rich in fiber and antioxidants that helps in processing glucose more efficiently in our body by increasing the sensitivity to insulin and managing blood sugar level.
Cherries contain anthocyanins that have a significant impact on the insulin level and have shown to be promising for the prevention of Type-2 diabetes (non-insulin dependent diabetes) and controlling glucose levels in diabetics.
Peaches are packed with healthful nutrients and also with carbohydrates (Having diabetes doesn’t mean that you cannot have carbohydrates but yes you do have to watch your portion sizes). They have a Glycemic index of 28, meaning that the glucose in the food will be broken down and absorbed more slowly into the blood stream. Being rich in fiber, peaches help in lowering blood glucose levels in type 1 diabetes and improves insulin and lipid levels in Type 2 diabetes.
Apples provide Vitamin C, dietary fiber and significant amount of antioxidants. Even though it contains moderate amount of carbohydrates, it can be eaten in exchange of other carbohydrates in your meal like dairy and grains.
Eating pear could provide a better control of early stage of diabetes. The phenolic compounds present in them helps in lowering the glucose by decreasing the absorption of sugar in stomach and intestine.
Kiwi is rich in fiber and fructose and adding this fruit to your diet, even if you are diabetic can provide health benefits. It increases the sensitivity of insulin in the body and leads to higher absorption of glucose in to the cell, resulting in less sugar level in blood stream. But do remember to take in a limited quantity.
Fresh figs and not dry figs contain high amount of fiber that could reduce the risk of developing diabetes.
Drinking pomegranate juice may help people with diabetes. Sugars present in pomegranate are attached to unique antioxidants, which helps in reducing risk of even atherosclerosis.
Watermelons are safe to eat as they contain great sources of nutrients that are beneficial to diabetics’ health. They contain Vitamin A, B6, C and potassium which are important for overall health. You simply need to keep check on the portion size.
Note: If you are diabetic, you can relish these fruits, but make sure to take them in moderate amount and ask your health care provider.