Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
120 Doctors are Online

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

User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

General & Family Physician
Practicing since : 1978
Answered : 6714 Questions
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. 

I hope to have answered your query in detail however you may revert to me for any further query.
Best of luck
Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Medical Topics

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask a Diabetologist

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor