Frozen or fresh canned fruits without additional sugars are the perfect complement to small portions of the starch and protein foods in diabetic diet plans. Canned fruits should be in juice or light syrup, recommends the American Diabetes Association.
One-half cup canned or frozen fruit has approximately 15 grams carbohydrates, roughly the same amount as a small piece of whole fruit, explains the ADA. Servings of melon and fresh berries range from 3/4 cup to 1 cup. Whole fruit juice also adds 15 grams carbohydrates in 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup; dried fruits should be limited to 2 tablespoons, states the ADA.