QAI know fruit is considered very healthy, but I worry about the sugar in it. I was diagnosed with diabetes 2 years ago. Is it advisable for someone like me to consume fruits? Which fruits do you recommend? Yes, diabetics can and should have fruits as fruits are a very rich source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. A few important points to remember: Fruits do not have proteins. Fruits do not have fat, with the exception of avocado and coconut. Since fruits are primarily carbohydrates, diabetics need to keep the following in mind: You cannot have unlimited or large qualities of fruits at a time. Have one fruit serving at a time. Have two fruit servings in a day. Do not have fruit with or immediately after a meal. Have it as a between-meal snack. Do not have fruit juices. Avoid pulpy fruits such as banana, chickoo, grapes, custard apple and mango.
Dr. Anand H. Gokani, Diabetologist, adds Fruits are very good as they contain vitamins and minerals necessary for health. Remember, an apple a day keeps the doctor away! But the important thing is that fruit should be eaten on an empty stomach for maximum utilisation of the nutrients. Hence, fruit should not be had with/ immediately before or after meals. An apple is the index fruit and all other fruits of the same size and sweetness may be exchanged for an apple. However, fruit sweeter than an apple can be had, but in half the quantity as compared to the size of an apple. Two fruits a day is a good policy for health.