An Apple A Day with Diabetes?
Often people with diabetes fret about eating fruit because of the sugar content. On the contrary, eaten in moderation, fruit can and SHOULD be an essential part of individuals with diabetes food plan.
First of all, fruit contains antioxidants. Antioxidants help the body fight disease by attacking "free radicals" substances known to cause cancer and other illnesses
Second, fruit contains fiber. Fiber helps fight hunger pains by making you feel full. Fiber also prevents constipation and helps eliminates fat out of the body. People with diabetes tend to feel hunger all the time and are prone to heart disease so anything helping with these issues is welcomed.
A small apple is considered one carbohydrate exchange. An carbohydrate exchange equal around 15 grams. If you are eating a large apple count it as two carbohydrate exchanges or 30 grams of carbohydrates to be safe. Fresh apples are fat free helping to prevent weight gain.
Apples come in many different varieties to satisfy to range of tastes. Granny Smith and crab apples appeals to people who perfect their apples tart. Fuji and Red Delious can fulfill anyone who loves sweet apples.
As long as you remember to count your carbohdrates enjoying apples should be a healthy pleasure.