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Suffering from diabetes. What are the fruits we can have?

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What are the ffruits we can have if am having diabetes
Posted Tue, 31 Jul 2012 in Diabetes
Answered by Dr. Pavan Kumar Gupta 16 minutes later
Hello Sahaya
Thanks for the query.
Almost all fruits, with the exception of avocado and olives, are carbohydrate foods. The glycemic index, or GI, is a ranking of 0 to100 used to describe the rate at which different carbohydrates, such as fruit, raise blood glucose after they're eaten. Low GI foods cause a slow and gradual rise in blood glucose; high GI foods break down quickly, causing a sudden spike in blood glucose. A diet based on low GI foods can be beneficial to health, particularly for those struggling with weight control or diabetes management.

While the GI seems like a relatively straightforward ranking system, a variety of factors influence glycemic index. In the case of fruit, ripeness can play a major role. More ripe fruit tends to contain more sugar than less ripe fruit. This increases their glycemic impact, says the Harvard School of Public Health. For example, a slightly under-ripe banana has a low GI compared with the moderate GI of a very ripe one. Another consideration is food quantity. Although watermelon has a high GI ranking, it actually has limited glycemic impact because the fruit contains little carbohydrates per serving.

Low glycemic index fruits have a ranking of 0 to 55. Most fruits grown in temperate climates are low GI. These include apples, all types of berries, cherries, kiwifruit, grapes, pears, peaches and plums. Citrus fruits such as lemons, limes and oranges also are low GI fruits. Dried apricots, apples and prunes are low GI fruits.

Medium GI fruits have a moderate glycemic impact, ranking between 56 and 69. Tropical fruits like pineapple, mango and papaya are medium GI. Fresh apricots and cantaloupe are medium GI, as are dried raisins and figs. Also among the list of medium GI fruits are those canned in syrup, such as fruit cocktail, peaches or apricots.

Very few fruits have a high glycemic index, defined as greater than 70. Watermelon and dates are high GI fruit, but it should be noted that GI scores vary from low to high depending on the date variety. 

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