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Can Eating Dried Prunes Lower Blood Sugar Levels?


Q. I love dried prunes but are they good enough to bring down a rising blood sugar level?
A. Foods that contain higher amounts of fiber—whole grain foods, fruits (including prunes or dried plums) and veggies—are better options for controlling blood sugar levels. One way to determine how a certain food may affect blood sugar levels is to determine its glycemic index (GI). Foods with a higher GI spike blood sugar levels, while foods with a low GI help maintain normal levels.  (Of course, when you eat a mixture of food, like in a meal, it will have a different GI than any individual food.) Most fruits and vegetables are considered low GI foods and help to maintain normal levels!  Enjoy your fruits and veggies each and every day and make sure you are meeting your daily recommendation!


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