The following is a guest post by Sam Ortla of Group Health Insurance. Sam tries hard to maintain a balanced diet (although it is never easy!). She is a contributing author at Quotes for Group Health Insurance.
Everyone should pay close attention to the types of food they eat. For people who have diabetes, this is especially important. There are two types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2. People who have either of these pay close attention to their carbohydrate intake. This is because people with diabetes have a relative or absolute insulin deficiency, and therefore are unable to break down sugars. This results in high blood glucose levels. It is extremely important that people who have diabetes pay attention to the food that they eat. Eating a healthy, balanced diet is, of course, good for everyone — but it is particularly critical when one has diabetes.
Lowest Carbohydrate Amounts
Although fruit are essential to a balanced diet, they contain simple sugars. It is confusing sometimes, then, to discern how to balance your diet’s demand for fruits with your diabetes’ need for low-carb intake. There are some fruits that are lower in sugars, and some that are higher, and you need to choose which is the best for you.
Watermelon and Strawberries
Watermelon is a really good choice. In one-half cup serving, there are only 6 grams of carbohydrates. Similarly, a one-half cup serving of strawberries only contains 6 grams of carbohydrates.
A half-cup serving of cantaloupe contains only 8 grams of carbohydrates — this is slightly more than what is in strawberries and watermelon, but it is still relatively low. Honeydew melon, like cantaloupe, has 8 grams of carbohydrates per serving.
Avocado, a vegetable, has only 6.5 grams of carbohydrates in a half-cup serving — although it is much higher in unsaturated fat than most fruits.
A medium-sized peach (a little under 3” in diameter) has 15 grams of carbohydrates. A half-cup of peach has about 7.5 grams of carbohydrates.
These have 7 grams of carbohydrates in a half-cup serving.
An orange contains 10 grams of carbohydrates in a half-cup serving, or about 15.5 grams of carbohydrates in a medium-sized fruit.
A half-cup of papaya contains 7.5 grams of carbohydrates; a medium papaya contains 30 grams of carbohydrates.
Controlling your blood sugar levels is important because it is the first step in preventing complications that can arise from high blood sugar levels — and these are often much more difficult to deal with than simply regulating what you eat. By watching your carbohydrate intake, you can manage your blood sugar levels. By choosing fruits that are low in carbs, you can keep your diabetes under control while also getting those vitamins, minerals, and dietary fibers that a healthy person needs.
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