Diabetes and Fruit

by Kathy

Kathy's Question...

I have recently been diagnosed with Type II diabetes. Does this mean I can’t ever eat fruit again? We have so many homegrown fruits here in Florida, and I would hate to have to give it up. Also, where do nuts fit into the diabetic diet?

Suzy Answers...

Thank you for your excellent question, Kathy, and I am sorry to hear about your diagnosis. The good news is that your diabetes can be managed with proper diet and exercise.

Diabetes Diet

As far as your question about fruit, I have good news for you! You can still enjoy those wonderful fruits that are so abundant in your state. The key for you will be portion size. I’m sure you know about the diabetic exchange system, which allows you to plan and control your intake of carbs. Well, you will find that fruits and fruit juices are included in that list.

You will need to be careful not to overdo, but a small Florida orange or a half of a grapefruit will still fit perfectly into your diabetic food plan. In this way you can enjoy the sweet delicious flavor of these fruits and also benefit from the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients they provide.

It is also a good idea to balance the simple carbs in the fruit with some protein and fat. That’s where nuts come into the picture. In the Diabetic Exchange System, nuts are part of the fat group and since they are very nutrient dense, a few go a long way, but you can certainly enjoy them in small amounts as part of a healthy diabetic life style.

If you need more specific information about the diabetic exchange system, you can go to the American Diabetes Association website at http://www.diabetes.org .

Best wishes on your new lifestyle, Kathy! I am pulling for you!

Eat and be healthy with my warmest regards,

Suzy Staywell


Importance of diet in managing diabetes
by: Marie

My sister has Type II diabetes and she was told by a healthcare person that "she can eat anything she wants" as long as she counts carbs.

I was a little surprised by this, because I thought she would need to concentrate on eating healthy foods that aren't loaded with sugar. Fruit has sugar, I know, but I was thinking of desserts and soda and things like that. I think she should be avoiding those kinds of things altogether.

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Ask Suzy.

Bright Hope Kids

Bright Hope International brings hope to those living on less than $1 a day.

Click on this link to help feed the hungry children of the world.

Every little bit you can give will help these kids toward a healthy future. Thank you in advance for you kindness and generosity.

Sign up to receive emails of my blog

Healthy Eating Blog

�ª Grab this Headline Animator

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Most Recent Articles

  1. Recipe Sloppy Joes Made without Meat

    Oct 21, 16 09:05 AM

    Recipe Sloppy Joes for Lacto-vegetarian, Lacto-ovo-vegetarian, and Vegan.

    Read More

  2. Recipe Chili

    Oct 20, 16 09:26 AM

    Recipe Chili - a delicious vegetarian chili that is chock full of nutritious ingredients and a mainstay of a healthy eating lifestyle.

    Read More

  3. Recipe Baklava - A Holiday Tradition

    Oct 19, 16 09:32 AM

    Recipe Baklava - Delightful nutty treat made with honey and phyllo leaves.

    Read More

Have a question about eating healthy?

Get answers to your healthy eating questions.