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What fruits are good for diabetes?

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Fresh, frozen, canned or dried fruit that is high in vitamins, minerals and fiber without added sugars are good for diabetics, according to the American Diabetes Association. The type of fruit doesn't matter, but if it is canned, it should be stored in juice or a light syrup.

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Fruits naturally contain carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and fiber, so they are beneficial for diabetics regardless of the sugar content, explains WebMD. The total amount of carbohydrates per serving affects blood sugar levels more than if the source of the carbohydrates is from starch or sugar, according to Mayo Clinic. In other words, how much sugar a fruit contains is not as important as how many carbohydrates it contains. For diabetics, each serving of fruit should contain no more than 15 grams of carbohydrates, which varies the serving size of each fruit because each contains different amounts of carbohydrates.

Individuals with diabetes should stay away from fruit drinks, fruit punch, fruit juice drinks, chewy fruit rolls and fruit stored in heavy syrups, according to WebMD. Sweetened applesauce and regular jam, jelly or preserves should be avoided as well because they contain added sugar. Fruit juice is a nutritious choice as long as it is 100 percent juice and consumed in small portions. Servings of dried fruit should be eaten in small portions and should follow the 15 grams of carbohydrates per serving rule.

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