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Which fruits should diabetics watch for that are high in sugar?

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Fruits with the highest sugar content include cherries, grapes, mangos, bananas and figs, notes About.com. Diabetics should also watch for dried fruits, such as dates, raisins and prunes, which are very high in sugar. Plums, oranges, pears and pineapple also have high sugar content.

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Fruit is an important part of a diabetic diet, and fruits that are higher in sugar should be served in smaller portions, notes Mayo Clinic. Sugar is a carbohydrate, and a serving size containing 15 grams of carbohydrates is recommended for diabetics. Half a medium banana contains 15 grams of carbohydrates, as do 1/2 cup of cubed mango and 3/4 cup of cubed pineapple.

Most fruits are full of fiber, vitamins and minerals and low in fat and sodium, reports WebMD. The worst options for diabetics include fruit canned in sugar syrup, sweetened applesauce, fruit rolls, and fruit drinks. Diabetics should choose sugar-free jams and preserves, applesauce with no sugar added, and 100 percent fruit juice.

While dried fruits are nutritious, only 2 tablespoons contain 15 grams of carbohydrates, cautions the American Diabetes Association. The best choices for diabetics are fresh, frozen or canned fruit with no added sugar. A diabetic can also use 1/2 cup of fruit salad or a small piece of fruit in exchange for other sources of dietary carbohydrates, such as grains or dairy.

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