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Which fruits are good and which are bad for people with diabetes?

Q. Which fruits are good and which are bad for people with diabetes?


A. All fruits can be worked into a meal plan for diabetes, but since they do contain carbohydrate, the portions need to be controlled. Blood sugar responses to different foods vary for everyone and are affected by factors such as medications for diabetes, composition of the meal, time of day and activity. The fiber in whole fruit may help slow the response to the natural sugar that is in the fruit, but it can be very individual. The American Diabetes Association has some resources for meal planning. However, I strongly suggest that you consult a registered dietitian or certified diabetes educator, who can help design an appropriate meal plan based on the medical profile, and teach how to monitor and manage blood sugars. Your physician may be able to recommend someone, or you can find a registered dietitian at

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