If you eat too much sugar, bad things happen. It’s just that simple. Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, liver disease, and a host of other medical issues can all arise if you consume large quantities of sugar regularly. People with diabetes must keep a watchful eye on their sugar intake to avoid blood sugar spikes. That’s why eating a healthy diet is so essential for individuals with diabetes. And a healthy, balanced diabetic diet includes plenty of fruit.
Fruit is an important source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Fruits also contain natural sugars, which means that people with diabetes need to be thoughtful about the kinds and quantities of fruit they consume. That is because not all fruits are created equal when it comes to the amount of natural sugars they contain.
Some fruits are extremely high in sugar, making them ones to avoid or minimize in a diabetic diet. The glycemic index (GI) measures how much certain foods can raise a person’s blood sugar after they have eaten it. Foods that have a GI score of between 70 and 100 are high in sugar. Some fruits that score in this range include:
- Dried dates
- Overly ripe bananas
People with diabetes can still eat these fruits; they just need to do so in moderation. To get all of the substantial health benefits that come from fruit, consider consuming larger portions of fruits with lower GI scores instead. Such fruits include:
- Kiwi fruit
Controlling the intake of sugars through a healthy, balanced diet is just one aspect of a comprehensive approach to maintaining healthy blood glucose levels. And the way to know whether you’re doing a good job at keeping those levels where they should be is through effective, accurate, and continuous monitoring of those levels.
Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) is a tested, approved, and easy-to-use transceiver device that helps those with diabetes stay in control of their condition and their lives without the need for inconvenient and burdensome finger-pricking multiple times a day.
Contact us today to see if you qualify for CGM and access our guide to continuous glucose monitoring.