Fruits for Diabetics: Satisfy the Sweet Tooth with extra Nutrition!

Keeping insulin levels stable and blood sugars low is the bane of diabetics. Non-insulin dependent diabetics must therefore rely on good nutritious food in their diets with lots of fiber and flavonoids and antioxidants that are healthy for them. Luckily, there are some nutritious fruits that fill that description and provide some yummy sweet flavors.

Here are 10 of the best fruit choices for those suffering from diabetes:

berries_icon BERRIES: This includes blueberries, strawberries, blackberries and raspberries! These fruits contain two kinds of fiber; one that flushes fat from the system and one that slows the stomach from emptying. These actions lower glucose levels, have been know to improve cognizant brain activity and keep blood sugar levels low.

apple_iconORGANIC APPLES: All high fiber apples are a good choice, but organic apples will assure that the “peel” will be healthy which contains both flovonoids and antioxidants.

Prickly_pearPRICKLY PEARS FROM NOPAL CACTI This fruit lowers bad cholesterol, is high in flavor and taste and has statistics to back it that it can lower blood sugars by 20 to 30% in non-insulin dependent diabetics. Small amounts of fructose in a diabetics diet usually have a glycemic index (GI) of around 19 compared to 60 to 100 for sucrose and glucose. Fructose increases healthy liver enzymes. A diet for a non-insulin dependent diabetic that contains 20% of calories from fruit may improve overall insulin sensitivity by up to 34%.

PASSION FRUIT: The pectin in passion fruit helps control blood sugar levels and is a healthy food choice for type 2 diabetics.

apricot_icon APRICOTS : Apricots in the fresh form are a better choice for diabetics; in the dried form the portion is much smaller and not as satisfying which may lead to over-eating.

Kiwi_iconKIWIFRUIT: There are two types of kiwifruit: green which is tangy and golden which is tropical sweet. A good choice for diabetics and everyone since kiwifruit has all the elements of a healthy diet contained within.
Pomegranate_iconPOMEGRANATES: Pomegranates are believed to help protect against heart disease and atherosclerosis which many diabetics are prone to in later life.

Cherries_iconCHERRIES: Very low on the glycemic index, they keep blood sugars from rapid spikes.


Guava_iconGUAVA: Guava juice is a good choice for diabetics which contains the carotenoid lycopene that is also found in tomatoes. This is a strong antioxidant that helps fight free radicals that cause cancer.
Mango_iconMANGO: Mango has gotten a bad rap along with dates and bananas for being too sweet for diabetics, but if taken in ½ cup portions provides 15 grams of the required carbohydrates for a diabetic. Moderation is key.