Fruits are an ideal snack for diabetics. They not only help meet your nutritional demands but can please a sweet tooth without resorting to unhealthy sweets; however, not all fruits are diabetes-friendly. Some fruits may have naturally-occurring high sugar content, making them unsuitable for people struggling with high blood sugars.
A majority of the fruits beneficial for diabetics are low calorie, loaded with nutrients and fiber to keep blood sugar from spiking, and rich in antioxidants- a chemical nutrient that helps combat inflammation and cell damage to cells that produce insulin, causing high blood sugar levels.
When eating fruit portion size matters – consume in small portions and considering eating it with some cheese or nuts. This food combo helps prevent blood sugar spikes.
Here’s a list of super fruits, and all the benefits your body receives when eating them, you need to add to your diet.
This is a diabetic super fruit! Being full of antioxidants, pomegranates can combat the harmful cell damage that affects insulin production, and they contain another chemical, punicic acid that can promote insulin production and regulate glucose breakdown.
Berries are one of the best fruits for diabetics. Blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries are low in sugar, high in fiber and, a rich source of antioxidants. Berries also help fight inflammation. Inflammation is the immune system’s response to something that is harmful in the body, causing swelling or pain. People with diabetes often have ongoing “silent” inflammation in their body, i.e. the inflammation is not seen or felt, and this inflammation causes more insulin resistance and higher blood sugar levels. Berries (especially blueberries) can make your body respond better to insulin, pushing the glucose into your cells and keeping your blood sugar levels under control.
Being abundant antioxidants and in resveratrol– a natural substance in grapes that may help with lowering blood sugar, grapes can fight damage to the cells of the pancreas that normally produce insulin, and combat inflammation. Grapes have a higher level of sugar and should be eaten in small portions.