Diabetes is a disease on the rise, globally. It is associated with high levels of blood sugar. It also implies low levels of the hormone insulin vital for maintaining blood sugar levels.
Warm weather features a multitude of luscious fruits. Diabetics who have to be careful about sugar in their diet are doubtful about how these fruits rich in sugar can fit into their special diet.
As per the American Diabetes Association (ADA), fruits are rich in vitamins, fibre and minerals and should be part of the diabetic diet. Only, take care of the portions you consume. Also, one must avoid fruits preserved in sugar syrup. If you are targeting the Glycemic Index (GI) in your diet, fruits suit your need as they are low GI.
- Berries: All kinds of berries, including blue berries and strawberries are really good for your health and you can treat yourself to these in any amounts. The ADA points out that berries are super food for diabetes as they are loaded with anti oxidants, fibres, vitamins and are also low carb food.
- Cherries: They are a low GI and low Carb choice and are safe element of your diabetic diet. 14 gm of carbohydrates and 59 calories are found in a serving of twelve cherries. Tart cherries are full of anti-oxidants, which help combat heart disease, cancer, etc. Cherries can be bought canned, frozen, dried or fresh. Take care that it does not contain added sugars.
- Peaches: Juicy, fragrant peaches are a great summer treat. They can be added to the diabetic, low carb diet. They contain Potassium, fibre and Vitamins A and C. Peaches have a delicious flavour in their fresh state or added to iced tea for a fruity drink. If you are thirsting for a snack, make a smoothie by pureeing peaches with crushed ice, buttermilk and cinnamon or ginger for flavour.
- Apricots: Low carb, sweet apricots are a staple summer fruit and a great ingredient for your diabetes diet. A single apricot contains 4 gms of carbohydrates and 17 calories. A single serving consists of four fresh apricots, and this makes for 70% of your daily dosage of Vitamin A. These fruity treasures are a good source of fibre. Toss them in a salad or a cold or hot cereal.
- Apples: As per the saying, an apple a day might keep the doctor away. A small apple is made of 54 calories and 15 gms of carbs. They are loaded with vitamin C and fibre. Apple peel is rich in antioxidants, so don’t peel them.
- Oranges: One orange contains all the required Vitamin C for the day. It is a great choice for a low carb, low GI diet containing only 62 calories and 15 gm of carbohydrates. Oranges are a good source of folate and potassium, which help control blood pressure.
These are some of the fruits ideal for a diabetic diet. One can include a bunch of each fruit when you send fresh fruit delivery in UK in a hamper meant for a diabetic recipient.