Is watermelon full of sugar? What fruit is not high in sugar?
All fruits are a source of carbohydrate. Most of the carbohydrates in fruit are natural sugars (in the form of fructose), which is why fruit has a sweet taste. When you have diabetes, foods that have carbohydrates will raise your blood glucose. However, 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. It is a much healthier source of carbohydrate than some other carbohydrate choices like refined grains, cookies, cakes, pastries, processed snack foods, and candy. Fit fruit into your meal plan in appropriate portion sizes, and choose it over less healthy sources of carbohydrate.
Watermelon has no fat, saturated fat, sodium, or cholesterol. It is also a good source of vitamin A and vitamin C.
You can fit watermelon into your meal plan by controlling portion sizes. The following portions have about 15 grams of carbohydrate:
- 1 slice watermelon
- 1-1/4 cups cubed watermelon (about 13.5 ounces)
There will be certain foods that may difficult to eat and still control your blood glucose. For some people with diabetes, watermelon is one of those foods. If this is the case, you should monitor how your body reacts after you eat watermelon and adjust portion sizes as needed.
Try to fit a variety of colors and types of fruit into your diet. The following portions of fruit have about 15 grams of carbohydrate:
- 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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