Top 18 Fruits for Diabetics

It is a myth that fruits contain high amounts of sugar and should be avoided by diabetics. The truth is, no fruit is actually ‘bad’. When suffering from diabetes, it is only important to have those fruits that have a lower glycemic index. GI or the Glycemic Index of foods is the measure of the effect that carbohydrate-rich foods have on one’s blood sugar levels.

Diabetics who are always anxious to keep their blood sugar in check must have a nutritious diet. They must have fruits at their disposal, which are full of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, but have a lower GI. These fruits are best when eaten fresh, as frozen varieties could contain artificial sweeteners and preservatives.

Amla

Amla

1. Amla

Amla contains Vitamin A and Vitamin C. It contains antioxidants and polyphenols, which help to absorb the insulin in the body of the diabetic patient and decrease the blood sugar level.


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Avocados

Avocados

2. Avocados

Avocados are diabetic-friendly and heart-friendly fruits. They contain fiber and carb, which prevent type 2 diabetes. They can be eaten in salads and dressings, or simply eaten raw.


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Strawberries

Strawberries

3. Strawberries

Strawberries make you feel full for longer. Your blood sugar levels remain steady, and you also feel energized for much longer. They have a good amount of antioxidants, boost your immune system, and are also good for your eyes. Again, they have a low GI, so they are safe for diabetic patients.


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Cherries

Cherries

4. Cherries

They contain anti-inflammatory properties and are low in calories. They are also rich in fiber, making them an ideal fruit for diabetics.


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Apple

Apple

5. Apple

It is the most commonly available fruit that contains fiber and carb. Including this fruit in one’s diet lowers the bad cholesterol in the body, thereby lowering the threat of type 2 diabetes.


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Blueberries

Blueberries

6. Blueberries

Blueberries get their blue color from anthocyanin, which is a kind of antioxidants found in them. They are high fiber fruits that trim down the risk of diabetes.


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Cranberries

Cranberries

7. Cranberries

Fresh cranberries contain phytonutrients and antioxidants, which make them a wonder fruit for a diabetic patient. They are rich in Vitamin C and keep the blood pressure in control, as well as reduce heart diseases.


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Grapefruit

Grapefruit

8. Grapefruit

Red grapefruits are rich in Vitamin C and soluble fiber. Eating one grapefruit everyday keeps the bad cholesterol away. The fruit can be eaten raw or mixed with salads.


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Melon

Melon

9. Melon

All diabetic patients need not feel guilty about craving for something sweet. They can eat all varieties of melons- muskmelon, watermelon, honeydew and pepino. They contain the antioxidant lycopene and vitamin C, and their watery content leaves one with the feeling of fullness, without craving for anything else.


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Raspberries

Raspberries

10. Raspberries

They are great sources of Vitamin C and fiber. They help lower the blood sugar and also help in keeping bones healthy. They are super foods for the diabetics. All colors of raspberries, black or red, can be prepared into salads or smoothies. Their seeds are also edible.


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Apricots

Apricots

11. Apricots

This fruit is rich in fiber and contains Vitamin A. This juicy fruit makes delicious salads and smoothies and can also be added to cereals.


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Kiwi

Kiwi

12. Kiwi

A sliced kiwi is such a delight to look at! It is low in carb and rich in potassium, fiber and Vitamin C. Diabetic patients can enjoy it guilt-free.


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Pears

Pears

13. Pears

Pears are fruits rich in fiber and potassium. They add variety to the diabetic diet, and make excellent salads and smoothies.


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Peaches

Peaches

14. Peaches

Peaches are rich in potassium, fiber, Vitamin A and C. They are low-carb and can be consumed raw or as smoothies. They are a favorite among the diabetic foods and can be eaten in salads or sugar free cakes. What better way to have your cake and eat it too!


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Oranges

Oranges

15. Oranges

They have a high content of soluble fiber, which helps to keep the sugar levels of the body in check. They are also rich in Vitamin C, and are best enjoyed raw or in the form of a juice.


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Plums

Plums

16. Plums

Plums are best known for treating constipation and helping in the smooth functioning of the digestive system. They are also rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients, and contain minerals such as iron, potassium, and fluoride.


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Guavas

Guavas

17. Guavas

They are low on GI and high on fiber. Guavas give great amount of energy, and are rich in Vitamin C.


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Grapes

Grapes

18. Grapes

Grapes are naturally high on sugar, but the safest way to consume these is to have small portion sizes. A small portion size will not have too much GI, so your sugar levels won’t get affected badly. Both red and black grapes are rich in anti-oxidants.


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  • Amla
  • Avocados
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Apple
  • Blueberries
  • Cranberries
  • Grapefruit
  • Melon
  • Raspberries
  • Apricots
  • Kiwi
  • Pears
  • Peaches
  • Oranges
  • Plums
  • Guavas
  • Grapes

With so much variety, diabetic patients need not compromise on their health at all. They can, in fact, enjoy each of these fruits happily, as long as they take the right portion sizes.

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