I have Type 2 diabetes. Is it healthy two eat a few dried figs or apricots when I crave for something sweet?
Hi Ilhan -
Your doctor is always going to be the best source of information for you in terms of choosing foods that will be safe to eat with your diabetes. However, I did find some information on figs that you might be interested in. Figs are not actually a fruit at all -- they are a synconium. They're not only sweet but high in fiber, and fiber helps to slow the digestion and absorption of sugars that you eat. This means that figs have the potential to be a healthful snack for people with diabetes, as long as their doctor believes it's a good choice for their particular circumstances.
So ask your doctor about figs and apricots as a snack. In the meantime, here are some links you might find useful:
Fiber and Diabetes Guidelines
Meals - Diabetes
Recipes for Diabetes
Best of luck to you!
Most of the calories in fruit come from carbohydrates which is something diabetics have to watch very closely or their blood sugar may spike.
Although dried fruit has a lot of fibre and are high in nutrients, it should avoided because the sugar in them is already concentrated; that will not be good for your blood sugar levels.
Most diabetics can eat a little fruit but they should be prudent .
Fruit such as strawberries, blueberries and raspberries which have a low glycemic index would be advisable.