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What fruits should diabetics avoid?

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People with diabetes should avoid canned fruit with heavy sugar syrup, sweetened applesauce, chewy fruit rolls and regular jams, jellies and preserves unless using only a small portion, according to WebMD. Fresh fruits, 100 percent fruit juice, applesauce without sugar and sugar-free jams are all good choices for people with diabetes.

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Fruit is a carbohydrate and contains important vitamins, minerals and fiber that are necessary in a diabetic diet, states Everyday Health. Fruit is a good choice for people who manage diabetes with the gylcemic index or GI, as fruit has a low GI value. Additionally, fruit helps people with diabetes to control their blood sugar and satiate cravings for sweets; however, they must keep track of what fruits they eat, as with any carbohydrate.

Some particularly good fruit choices for diabetics include cantaloupe, clementines, bananas and tomatoes, according to WebMD. Cantaloupe supplies the recommended daily requirement of vitamin C and beta carotene, and it's high in potassium, which helps control blood pressure. Clementines are good sources of vitamin C and folate, which helps control blood sugar in people with Type 2 diabetes. Tomatoes contain lycopene, which is associated with lowering levels of bad cholesterol and the risk of heart disease. Both of these conditions are related to diabetes. Bananas contain potassium and magnesium and are easy to pack. Eating a banana along with a cereal bar keeps blood sugar levels from bottoming.

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