The American Diabetes Association recommends that the vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber found in many fruits be a part of the diabetic’s diet. Those with diabetes must, of course, keep track of the calories and choose low-carb fruit sources, but many fruits are quite acceptable for a diabetic diet. Fresh fruits are free of the sugary syrups and unhealthy preservatives often accompanying canned and frozen fruits, making them a healthy choice for practically everyone. Some of the best fruit choices for diabetics in particular are listed below.
Most berries are full of antioxidants, fiber, and a variety of important vitamins. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, black berries, etc. make a perfect, low-carb desert or snack. When caught in-season, they are not always terribly expensive.
The tart, sweet taste of fresh cherries is hard to beat. There is nothing wrong with buying frozen or canned cherries provided they have no sugar added to them. Cherries have exceptionally high levels of antioxidants. This allows them to fight inflammation as well as other diseases.
High in potassium, vitamin A, and vitamin C, peaches should definitely be included in one’s diet. Avoid the canned, syrupy variety, but hoard as many fresh peaches as you can get your hands on.
Pears are also low in carbs. They have plenty of fiber and potassium, however. Pears have to wait a while after being picked before being ready to eat. That gives them a longer fridge life, however, and allows you to plan out your fruit consumption more efficiently.
Apricots have one of the lowest carbohydrate and calorie levels of any fruit. A single apricot will give you 70 percent of your daily vitamin C needs. These fruits are as delicious as they are healthy.
With plenty of fiber and vitamin C, but few carbs and calories, apples may well “keep the doctor away.” The skin of apples is full of valuable antioxidants, so be sure to eat it as well.
The ordinary orange is low in carbohydrates and in calories. Not only is it high in vitamin C, but it also has much folate and potassium. The latter two nutrients can help promote normal blood pressure levels.
This fuzzy, little fruit is packed with vitamin C, potassium, and dietary fiber, but it is low in carbohydrates. Kiwi has only a little over 50 calories per fruit and lasts up to three full weeks in the fridge. For these reasons, it is an excellent choice for any diet.
The above-listed fruits offer a variety of flavors and an avalanche of vitamins, minerals, and other helpful nutrients. While some fruits may need to be avoided by diabetics, the fruits mentioned above are all low in carbohydrates and thus, in measure, can be a great addition to a diabetic diet.