Is it ok to eat apples with Type 2 diabetes?
Yes! Apples are a nutritious food and you can still eat them even if you have diabetes. Apples are high in fiber, and are a source of some vitamins and minerals. They don’t have any fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, or sodium. To get the maximum benefit of an apple, eat it with the peel on – this part of the apple is packed with nutrients that you don’t want to miss out on!
One small apple (2 ½ inches in diameter) has about 15 grams of carbohydrates. For portion control, you may want to look to buy small apples in the store. However, most apples that we buy at the grocery store are two or three times this size. There could be 35-40 grams of carbohydrate in just one large apple. For some people – that is enough carbs for an entire meal!
This doesn’t mean you need to avoid apples. It just means that portion control is especially important when you eat apples and other fruit because of the carbohydrates that they contain. If you can’t eat that many carbohydrates at once, slice up your apple, eat a smaller portion, and save the rest of the slices for later. (Put some lemon or lime juice on them to keep them from browning or oxidizing.) You can also buy pre-cut, pre-portioned apples at some grocery stores in the produce section.
When you have diabetes, fruit is still an important food group to include in your meals and snacks. Fruit is considered a healthy source of carbohdyrates because of the fiber and other nutrients you get from it. Remember that even with diabetes, you still need some carbohydrates in your diet. When working fruit into your meal plan, try using the serving size and carbohydrate estimates below. There are about 15 grams of carbohydrate in:
- 1 small piece of whole fruit (about 4 oz)
- ½ cup of frozen or canned fruit
- ¾ - 1 cup of fresh berries or melon
- 3 ounces or about 17 small grapes
- 2 tablespoons of dried fruit
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