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10 Low-glycemic Fruits For Diabetes

We humans come by our sweet tooth naturally — Our bodies need carbohydrates because they provide energy to cells. But for the body to be able to use it for energy, we need insulin. When our bodies don’t produce any insulin or are unable to use it (type 1 diabetes) or make enough of it properly (type 2 diabetes), we’re at risk for high blood sugar levels. High levels can lead to chronic complications such as nerve, eye, or kidney damage. The glycemic index (GI) tells you how quickly foods containing carbohydrates affect your blood sugar level when eaten by themselves. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), GI scores are rated as: Low: 55 or below Moderate: 56 to 69 High: 70 and above The lower the GI score, the more slowly the rise in blood sugar, which can help the body better manage post-meal changes. Most whole fruits have a low to moderate GI. Many fruits are also packed with vitamins A and C, as well as fiber. A more useful estimation of the food-blood sugar effect is the glycemic load (GL), which has more narrow categories of low, medium and high foods. This calculation takes into account the GI, plus the grams of carbohydrates per serving of the food. Tho Continue reading >>

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    Most fruits are fine. I am a type 1 diabetic and my dietitian/nutritionist recommended that I eat an "exchange" (15 grams of carbohydrates) as a part of every meal. The key is getting the portions right. 1 exchange of: apple = 4 ounces *apricot (fresh) = 5 1/2 ounces banana = 4 ounces *blackberries = 3/4 cup blueberries = 3/4 cup cantaloupe = 11 ounces cherries (fresh) = 3 ounces dried fruit = 2 tablespoons grapefruit = 11 ounces grapes = 3 ounces honeydew melon = 10 ounces *kiwi = 3 1/2 ounces mango = 5 1/2 ounces nectarine = 5 ounces *orange = 6 1/2 ounces papaya = 8 ounces peaches (fresh) = 1/2 cup pears (fresh) = 4 ounces pineapple (fresh) = 3/4 cup plum (fresh) = 5 ounces *raspberries = 1 cup *strawberries = 1 1/4 cup whole berries *tangerine = 8 ounces watermelon = 13 1/2 ounces *has more than 3 grams of dietary fiber per serving Fruits are considered a "carb". There are carbs (starches, milks, and fruits), protiens (meat and meat subsitutes, such as eggs, cheese, and tofu), and fats. A food in the "carb" group has 15g of carbohydrates per "exchange". A food in the protien group has 7g of protien per "exchange". And a fat has 5g of fat per "exchange". If your mom would like to eat fruit then she should replace one of her other carbs (a starch or a milk) with the fruit.
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