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Are there any fruits that diabetics should avoid?

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There are no fruits that diabetics must avoid, says Mayo Clinic. The sugar content of fruit does not mean that diabetics cannot eat fruit. What matters most for diabetics is not the sugar content of the food, but rather it is the carbohydrate content that is important to note.

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The amount of carbohydrates in a serving can raise blood sugar, so keeping track of the carbohydrates in food servings is critical, explains Mayo Clinic. Any fruit serving should have 15 grams of carbohydrates. A low-carbohydrate fruit means that the diabetic can have a larger serving. One-half of a medium banana has 15 grams of carbohydrates.

Fruits have valuable vitamins, fiber and minerals, so they make a great dessert for diabetics, states the American Diabetes Association. Fresh, frozen or canned fruit with no added sugar are the best choices. Dried fruits and fruit juices are also acceptable choices, but a 15-gram portion is small and may not be very satisfying.

For variety, fruits are good substitutes for other carbohydrates, such as starches, grains and dairy foods, says the American Diabetes Association. Diabetics, who use the plate method or the glycemic index method for making food choices find that fruit can fit easily into their regular diet.

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