Which fruits are best for a diabetic?

Updated April 17, 2017

According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetics need a balanced diet, including fruit. While watching total carbohydrate intake is important for managing blood glucose levels, diabetics can eat fruits and other sweets in moderation. Eating fruits that have a low rating on the glycemic index (under 50) can help keep blood sugar from spiking. Below are some of the best fruits for diabetics.


Apples are low on the glycemic index with a rating of 38. They are high in fibre and contain vitamin C and many antioxidants, which are good for heart health.


Dried apricots have a glycemic index of 31 and are a good source of vitamins A and C.

Berries and Cherries

Cherries have one of the lowest glycemic index ratings of all fruits at 22. Strawberries and raspberries have a rating of 32 and contain fibre and essential vitamins.

Citrus Fruits

Both grapefruit and oranges are low on the glycemic index and contribute soluble fibre and vitamin C to your diet.


Pears are high in fibre and have a low glycemic index rating of 38. They are also a good source of vitamin C and the essential mineral copper.

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