What fruits & vegetables can diabetics eat?

Updated July 19, 2017

Having diabetes is not easy. If you are diabetic, you must control your diet if you are to maintain a good quality of life and remain free of blood-sugar and other problems. Fruits and vegetables are generally thought of as healthy, but if you are diabetic, you must be careful which fruits you eat and how much of them you eat.

Fruits to Avoid

Fruits like watermelon, grapes, bananas, strawberries and mangoes are loaded with sugar. As a diabetic, you can eat these on occasion, but you'll need to limit them. Too much of these can raise your blood-sugar levels and cause illness.

Good Fruits

You can eat grapefruits, limes, apples, peaches and fruits of similar families without too many restrictions. Spread your fruit consumption out in five equal portions during the day. This will help keep your blood-sugar levels stable.

Vegetables to Avoid

You are less limited in your choice of vegetables. You can eat nearly any, but limit your intake of potatoes, carrots, peas, beans, parsnips and beats. These vegetables are high in carbohydrates and starch, which increase your blood-sugar level.

Good Vegetables

Nearly all vegetables can be consumed by diabetic people in varying quantities. Especially good are onions and garlic, because they reduce the level of glucose in your blood.

Other Foods

Foods high in fibre are recommended for diabetics. Nuts, pulses (soya and lentils) and seeds are some of the healthiest options. These can lower your cholesterol as well as decrease the glucose level in your blood.

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