You might be wondering if taking fruits is healthy when diabetic, the good news is that consuming fruits is okay! If they do not increase the blood sugar level. Diabetes refers to a condition of high sugar level in the blood. Several factors spike blood sugar level in diabetics such as consuming food with large amount of sugar content, high amount of carbohydrate (carbs) and low fiber. If these factors are all present in a particular food/fruit consumed by a diabetics, it can be very dangerous as it will greatly increase the level of blood sugar.
Fruits with low glycemic index are advisable for consumption by diabetics. What is Glycemic Index (GI)? The Glycemic Index (GI) of a food refers to how high blood sugar rises when the food is consumed. Fruits that do not cause an increase in blood sugar level are said to have low GI. Glycemic Index may be high, medium or low. Based on research, it has been discovered that food (not excluding fruits) with low glycemic index (GI less than 50) are quite effective for controlling diabetes.
Below are 5 fruits according to research that have been confirmed to have low GI and are thus, effective for control of blood sugar level.
Strawberry is a sweet red berry with low glycemic index, low amount of carbohydrate and high fiber which keeps blood sugar in check and this keeps diabetes under control. It has antioxidant properties that prevent against various diseases. It contains anthocyanin, folic acid, vitamin C and fiber in abundance which is nutritional and quite beneficial for diabetics. Strawberry also strengthens the eye vision and, is a good choice for diabetics.
Lemon is a citrus fruit with yellow zest when ripe. The juice and peel both have tremendous health benefit more than you would imagine. Lemon contains vitamin C, fiber, folate, potassium in large amount and this is a plus for diabetics. Scientists have discovered the purging effect fresh lemon juice has on toxins and undigested remnants in the body. It is therefore advised to drink a mixture of fresh lemon juice and warm water every morning before breakfast. This will get rid of toxic substances, burn calories and reduce blood sugar level.
Guava is a common fruit found in the tropics with fairly green to yellow colours. It is sweet and nutrient-stacked comprising antioxidants, fiber, potassium as well as vitamin C in abundance. It contains low calories and consuming it, especially its leaf tea (obtained by boiling guava leaves) improves the control of blood sugar. Guava is a healthy choice for diabetics.
Grape is a sweet berry that is available as purple, red or green grape. It is rich in antioxidants, resveratrol, fiber, potassium and vitamin C. All these play vital roles in controlling blood sugar level and preventing eye problems, cardiac diseases, cancer and other diseases. It has low GI and low amount of carbohydrate. For healthy management of diabetes, grapes are good.
Avocado also known as alligator pear is a fruit with one big seed. It has a whole lot of nutrients and benefits which has been researched to control diabetes effectively. It contains good fat, antioxidants, vitamins, high fiber content, low amount of carbohydrates and low glycemic index and is thus, a healthy fruit for diabetics.