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What fruits can diabetics safely eat?

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People with diabetes can safely eat all types of fruits, according to the American Diabetes Association. Fruits have carbohydrates, so they should be counted as part of a meal plan. Ideal fruits for a diabetic diet are either fresh, frozen or canned, and do not contain added sugars.

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People with diabetes can exchange fruits with other sources of carbohydrates, such as dairy, grains or starches, notes the American Diabetes Association. When eating canned fruits, it is best to choose fruits in juice or light syrup. Although they might not be as filling as regular fruits, dried fruits and pure fruit juices are also acceptable.

Some common fruits eaten by people with diabetes include apples, oranges, mangoes and nectarines, states the American Diabetes Association. Berries such as strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and raspberries are acceptable as well. People with diabetes may enjoy melons such as cantaloupe, honeydew or watermelon.

Because they contain significant amounts of fiber and sucrose, most fruits have a low glycemic index, according to the American Diabetes Association. Pineapple and melons have medium glycemic index values, so they should be eaten in smaller portions than other fruits. Some dried fruits, including sweetened cranberries, dates and raisins, also have medium glycemic index values. Most fruits fit ideally into the glycemic index meal plan.

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