I am a type 2 diabetic. Can I eat fresh fruits even though they have a lot of sugar?
Asked by qualitydoc on Apr 14, 2008 in Health Conditions



At my doctor's suggestion, I have cut way down on carbs virtually eliminating them. I now eat only lean chicken, turkey, fish and vegetables.  As a result I am quickly losing weight, a good thing.  But, I crave some bread and especially fruit like apples, pears, and honeydew melons. These foods have very high sugar and/or carbs. What can I do?


Answer

People with type 2 diabetics can and should eat a balanced diet with all of the food groups represented.  The diabetic diet is a “controlled carbohydrate” diet, which means simple carbohydrates from fruit sugar are limited (not eliminated) and spread evenly across meals. Most of your carbohydrates should come from high fiber grains, legumes, and vegetables.  Carbohydrates may be limited to 40% of total calories, or 150 grams a day on a 1500 calorie diet.  You should visit a registered dietitian for individualized meal planning.  Medicare and most health insurers cover the visit for diabetics. 

 


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