Living with diabetes requires several lifestyle changes. Unfortunately, those changes are often negative – eat less of this, do less of that. It can get frustrating. But fear not, diabetics! Today, we’re going to focus on the positive and talk about tasty fruits you should add plenty of to your diet.
These fruits will help you not only manage your blood-sugar level but reduce the severity of diabetes symptoms as well.
So grab that shopping list, add 6 points and keep reading!
Fruit #1 – Apples
Apples, according to VeryWell.com, are a great source of soluble fiber. In addition to helping you feel full, this fiber slows the absorption of sugar into your blood. The soluble fiber in apples also works against the inflammation insulin resistance causes. This helps people with diabetes recover from infections faster.
Eating one apple (with the skin) will provide 20% of your daily fiber intake.
Fruit #2 – Black Plums
Black plums possess several anti-diabetic properties. They reduce symptoms such as frequent peeing and thirst. Black plus also help your body convert starch into energy, which regulates your blood-sugar levels.
Eat no more than 2 average-sized plums in one sitting to balance these positive effects with the high level of natural sugar in the fruit.
Fruit #3 – Guava
Guava has a higher concentration of lycopene than any other plant. Lycopene is a dietary fiber that has been proven to reduce diabetes symptoms as well as one’s risk for the disease.
According to an I-Shou University study, eating a peeled guava can reduce the amount of sugar in your blood. The ‘peeled’ part is important, as eating guava skin will actually raise your blood-sugar level.
Fruit #4 – Grapefruit
In one study, grapefruit juice lowered blood-sugar levels just as effectively as metformin, a diabetes drug.
Additionally, according to Diabetes In Control, grapefruit contains a number of nutrients that control blood-sugar levels and reduce one’s risk of obesity – a major concern for diabetics.
Fruit #5 – Avocado
Avocados contain lots of fiber which, remember, is good for regulating your blood-sugar levels. The potassium in avocados can also greatly reduce diabetic neuropathy symptoms.
MedicalNewsToday.com recommends that diabetics eat avocado in 1-ounce servings. That size serving contains a mere 50 calories, 3 grams of carbs and less than 1 gram of sugar.
Fruit #6 – Strawberries
Strawberries are a great way to satisfy your sweet cravings as a diabetic. A serving of those awesome little red berries contains a very small amount of carbs. Those carbs are also of the slow-release variety, which is preferable for diabetics trying to maintain their blood-sugar levels.
If you’re looking to really treat yourself, consider dipping those strawberries in dark chocolate, which contains a number of nutrients that increase insulin sensitivity.