Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Saipan Nutrition: Can diabetics eat sweet fruits like mangoes?

It is a common myth that diabetics should not eat certain foods because they are too sweet. Diabetics and pre-diabetics should be concerned about the total number of carbohydrates per serving, and not about whether it is a sugar or a starch. One serving of fruit should contain 15 grams of carbohydrates, and the size of the serving should vary depending on the amount of carbohydrates in the fruit. Whether the fruit is low-carb or high-carb, as long as you eating the same 15 grams of carbohydrates, the effect on blood sugar is the same.

Some examples of serving size of 15 grams of fruit:

1/2 medium banana
1/2 cup (83 grams) cubed mango
1 1/4 cup (190 grams) cubed watermelon
1 1/4 cup (180 grams) whole strawberries
3/4 cup (124 grams) cubed pineapple

In addition to counting carbohydrate intake and reducing serving size, diabetics should be concerned about eating a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and WHOLE GRAINS, and reducing intake of saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol.

If you are currently "homebound" or having difficulty getting around the house, and are having trouble controlling your diabetes, there are many options available. Many services are available to Medicare and private insured patients. Coverage may even be available for diabetic footwear at no cost. If you are suffering from diabetes, talk to your doctor about a Home Health Care Referral.

Saipan Mangoes

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