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Can diabetics eat apples?

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Apples and other fruits, such as berries, provide fiber, vitamins and other nutrients, but fruits are higher in carbohydrates, and the diabetic should balance this with his overall diet. An apple contains about 15 grams of carbohydrates, according to the American Diabetes Association.

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Fresh fruits, with the exception of melons and pineapples, have a low glycemic index because they contain fiber and fructose. Most fruits are encouraged within moderation. An apple serves as a complement to a meal including a nonstarch vegetable, starch and protein on the plate. Diabetics also have the option of exchanging another starch or carbohydrate for an apple, according to the American Diabetes Association.

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