Can Diabetics eat fruits?

The commonest question that people who have diabetes ask is `Can I eat fruit as they are very sweet?`. There is a misconception that the people who have diabetes should avoid fruits as they contain, `lots of sugar`. But this is not true. Fruit is the food that has been enjoyed by mankind from the very earliest of times. In fact, it is nature`s gift to man. They contain substantial quantities of essential nutrients in correct proportions. Fruits contain substantial quantities of sugar in the process of ripening. The important fruit sugars are fructose, sucrose, dextrose, glucose etc.

The people with diabetes generally judge the fruits by taste; so they tend to avoid the sweeter fruits – such as mangoes, grapes, pineapple, chickoo etc. Fruits such as apple, papaya, water melon etc. which are comparatively less sweet in taste are generally consumed.

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Another popular misconception is regarding banana. Though banana is not very sweet in taste, it is thought of as a very starchy fruit and hence is avoided. But the fact is that none of the ripe fruits contain starch. All the starch is converted to simple sugars during the process of ripening.

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