Does the sugar in cantaloupe and watermelon increase blood glucose if you eat too much?
Yes. When you have diabetes, foods that have carbohydrates will raise your blood glucose. Cantaloupe, watermelon, and other fruits contain carbohydrates in the form of natural sugars. This doesn’t mean you can never eat any carbohydrate foods (including fruit, vegetables, grains, and dairy). It just means that you need to control your portion sizes in order to fit them into your meal plan.
Fruit is still an important part of a balanced meal plan. Besides carbohydrates, fruit provides several other important nutrients like fiber, antioxidants, and an assortment of vitamins and minerals.
Both cantaloupe and watermelon have no fat, saturated fat, sodium, or cholesterol. Both are a good source of vitamin A and vitamin C. Cantaloupe is also a source of folate.
Fit these foods into your meal plan by controlling portion sizes. The following portions have about 15 grams of carbohydrate:
- 1 cup of cubed cantaloupe (about 11 ounces)
- 1/3 of a small cantaloupe
- 1 slice watermelon
- 1-1/4 cups cubed watermelon (about 13.5 ounces)
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