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What are the good fruits and vegetable to loose weight? What are the good fruits that my grandmother can take and will not affect her diabetes (sugur0. The last question is what can i take to relieve the problem with constipation? I am 19yrs old.

All fruits and vegetables are good for weight loss, and can fit into a weight loss plan. Their main advantage for weight loss is that they are high in fiber and water and low in calories relative to the amount you can eat. Fruits and vegetables that are crunchy tend to have more water and help make you feel full with very few calories.  

Prevention and treatment of constipation is individual, and it generally involves a more comprehensive approach to diet rather than focusing on one particular type of food. All fruits do contain fiber and are one component of a healthy dietary approach to preventing and treating constipation.

General guidelines for preventing and treating constipation include:

  • Eat a variety of both fruits and vegetables and meet recommendations for intake: 3 ½ – 4 ½ cups per day for moderately active adult females; 4 ½ -5 cups per day for moderately active males.
  • *Eat foods whole grains such as 100% whole wheat breads, whole grain cereals (such as Shredded wheat), and unprocessed grains like brown rice, whole barley, etc.
  • *Drink plenty of fluids.

If constipation is a chronic problem for you, it is recommended that you discuss this with your physician.

All fruits can be included in a diet for diabetes, but because they do contain carbohydrate, they have the potential to affect blood sugar. A registered dietitian or certified diabetes educator could help her with meal planning for diabetes. You can find a registered dietitian in your area at

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