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How much Maradol papaya can a diabetic person eat?


Q. How much Maradol papaya should a diabetic person eat when trying to keep insulin down since papaya seems to be high in carbs?


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, 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. Maradol papaya is comparable in carbohydrate content to other fruits. One-half of a Maradol papaya contains 15 grams of carbohydrate (2 grams fiber & 11 grams sugar) and half of an apple contains about 17 grams of carbohydrate (2.5 grams fiber & 12 grams sugar). Work with a registered dietitian or certified diabetes educator to find how to fit different foods into your diet without affecting your blood sugars.

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