What Fruits Can a Person with Type 2 Diabetes Eat?

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Question:

Is eating a cantaloupe bad for person with type 2 diabetes? What fruits are best? -Jesse Perez

Answer:

Eating cantaloupe, specifically, isn’t bad for a person with diabetes. In fact, fruits are full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber, so they should be consumed as part of a healthy diet. However, since fruit contains carbohydrate, you need to count it as part of your meal plan.  The best fruit choices are fruits that are fresh, frozen, or canned without added sugar.

If you are counting carbohydrates, a small piece of whole fruit is equal to one carbohydrate exchange, or 15 grams of carbohydrate. A serving of fresh, diced fruit (such as cantaloupe) is approximately ¾ to 1 cup and is also one exchange. One-half cup of frozen or canned fruit is equal to one exchange, while 1/3 to ½ cup of juice is equal to one exchange (or 15 grams of carbohydrates).  You can see that choosing fresh fruit is the best way to satisfy your sweet tooth while filling you up.

People with living with diabetes should avoid products listing more than 5 grams of sugar per serving, Limit foods that list sugar (such as sucrose or fructose) as one of the first four ingredients on the label.

The American Diabetes Association encourages people living with diabetes to include fruit as part of a healthy meal plan. The key is moderation, and to maintain a well-rounded diabetes diet for optimal health.

You should know: The answer above provides general health information that is not intended to replace medical advice or treatment recommendations from a qualified healthcare professional.

Answered by Cherise Nicole