Is it okay to eat grapes?
A lot of people with diabetes wonder if they can eat grapes, oranges, and other fruit. The answer is yes! Fruit is packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Fruit can also be a great substitute for high-fat desserts when you need to satisfy your sweet tooth. It can be eaten as a snack, a side dish, or may be a part of your main course.
However, you should know that grapes and other fruits contain carbohydrates in the form of natural sugars – so be sure to count them in your meal plan. Like most foods, fruit can also provide a significant amount of calories if you have too much.
It is important for someone with diabetes to fit fruit into their meal plan in appropriate portion sizes. The following portions of fresh fruit have about 15 grams of carbohydrate:
• 1 small piece of whole fruit
• ½ cup of frozen or canned fruit
• ¾ - 1 cup of fresh berries or melon
• 3 ounces or about 17 small grapes
Note that 17 small grapes have about 15 grams of carbohydrate. Keep in mind if you are carbohydrate counting that grapes vary in size. If you happen to buy grapes that are on the larger side, you should eat less to stay to account for the extra amount of food. As with portion sizes for most things, you may need to estimate.
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