I’M DIABETIC AND LOVE FRUIT
Q I used to enjoy a daily bowl of fruit before my meal until I found out recently that I was diabetic. Can I continue to have fruit? A If you have diabetes, your body is currently not able to process carbs very well. Fruits are nothing but carbs in the form of fructose with some fibre and nutrients.
People who are trying to lose weight and who have diabetes need to be smart with their carbs. Eat your fast carbs, the ones that come from fruit, when your body can use them. So before a workout, after a workout or on days when you are physically very active and on the go. If you eat fruit right after a big lunch or dinner, you will be doing more damage than good.
Since you love fruit, make sure you have low-sugar fruits such as berries, papaya and oranges.
You must also remember to add some healthy fats like nuts, avocado or coconut chunks on the side. When you add healthy fats to fast carbs, you get a more steady, stable rise in sugar levels, which leads to a better insulin response.
However, please consult your doctor before you start on a diet that includes fruits.
RASHI CHOWDHARY is a nutritionist, diabetes educator and creator of The Protein Bake Shop