Fuits & Vegatables: Nutritional Benefits but also High Sugar Content
Creating a new diet with more fruits and vegetables may seem like a healthier option but you should take care in your selection. Foods for diabetics need to be low in sugars and fats and some of the ways you can purchase fruits these days are high in both.
If you are living with diabetes and are adding more fruit into your diet make sure they are fresh or frozen or are canned in their own juices. Many of the canned fruits are packed in heavy syrup. This is all sugar. Read the labels. You also want to avoid fruit rolls or “health” bars that say they contain fruit. Although many manufacturers will write on the box that it does contain real fruit, there are so many additives, chemicals and sugars that they, in no way, can be considered a true fruit.
If you need a little jam or jelly on your whole grain toast in the morning, choose sugar free or low sugar preserves. Regular jellies and jams are loaded with sugar.
Fruit juice can be a great source of a fruit, but make sure that it is 100% fruit juice with no high fructose corn syrup or added sugars.
Fruits naturally contain fiber and are naturally low in fat so when you are trying to add more to your diet, take a stroll into the produce department of your local market and add real, honest to goodness, fruit!