I recently received a concerning reply to many of my blog entries saying that a diabetic should avoid fruits because of the carbs. That’s definitely not true. Certain fruits have low carbs, natural carbs and actually help a diabetic control his or her A1C. I’ll continue by going through each fruit I eat during the day.
The first would be strawberries or blueberries. Both contain antioxidants and are low in carbs. The obvious red flag would be the portion size. I tend to cut up 3 to 4 medium size strawberries for example to add to my egg breakfast. If I have blueberries I put about 10 in my whole grain oatmeal along with Stevia and cinnamon for flavor. Both of these examples are a safe way to enjoy these fruits.
At lunch time I’ll eat one medium apple. I usually eat red delicious apples. These are full of fiber vitamin c and antioxidants. Yes apples have carbs, but natural carbs as opposed to carbs found in processed sugars.
My dinner dessert is usually about 12 red grapes. Naturally sweetened and containing natural carbs their red skin is also healthy for you heart. I know it may seem hard to eat just 12 grapes per day, but trust me it’s possible.
On a weekend day I may eat some fresh pineapple, honeydew or watermelon. Again once a week , with small portions. In the end you control the portions you eat. Any fruit should be eaten in moderation. I’ve found strawberries, blueberries, apples and grapes eaten in small portions work well for me. My A1C range has been 5.0-5.7 for the last five years and my doctors are pleased. Everybody is different, so talk to your doctors about fruits that they recommend for you and your diabetic lifestyle.
Stay healthy and safe!