Diabetics should eat fruit with low fructose content, including cherries, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries, according to the American Diabetes Association. While fruits such as melons and dried fruits are safe for diabetics, they should be consumed in moderation. Diabetics should avoid eating canned fruits suspended in syrups and fruits that contain added sugar.
Diabetics can follow one of the many plans available that help to manage their blood glucose levels when eating fruit. Carbohydrate counting is one such plan, which encourages diabetics to find the best level of carbohydrates to consume during a meal to help maintain blood glucose readings within the patient's target range, explains the American Diabetes Association. The lower the fruit is in carbohydrate counts, the more of that fruit the diabetic can eat during one mealtime sitting.
For a patient to know how much carbohydrates he should eat in one sitting, he needs to consider how active he is and the type of medicines he takes, notes the American Diabetes Association. A good place to start is about 45 to 60 grams of carbohydrate per meal, but the patient may need more or less carbohydrates depending on how he manages his diabetes. The patient and his heath care team can better make that determination.