I have heard that eating fruit is bad when you have diabetes. Is this true?

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I have heard that eating fruit is bad when you have diabetes. Is this true?

I see a lot of fear and confusion when it comes to fruit and diabetes. To be clear, fruit is a carbohydrate, and it will raise your blood sugar levels, but this does not mean that you need to avoid it. Fruits are actually a great source of www.lampyon.ca Health Communications Agency vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. So, let’s review how to fit fruit into a balanced diet that is supportive of stable blood sugars. As fruit will raise your blood sugar levels, the first thing you want to consider is your portion size. Keep you serving of fruit to half a cup to one cup maximum in one sitting. Fruits that are high in fibers include berries, kiwis, apples, and oranges. However, if you are keeping your portion size within that half a cup to one cup you can include a variety of fruits that you enjoy. Next, you will want to ensure that you pair your fruits with a protein source. For example, plain greek yogurt, a handful of nuts, a few cubes of cheese or even a boiled egg. Protein helps to slow down your digestion and this helps with an overall better blood sugar response. If would like more ideas on what makes a great snack, check out our blog post on Mindful Snacking at shoppersdrugmart.ca/dietitians.

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The information included in this recording is correct as of May 18th, 2021