Is fruit off limits for individuals with diabetes? Contrary to the misconception that fresh fruit is unfeasible for diabetics, Dr. Maria Collazo-Clavell, a physician of Mayo Clinic reveals how diabetics can include fruit in their daily diet.
By measuring fruit servings based on the amount of carbohydrates, diabetics can enjoy these nutritional snacks in moderation. According to Dr. Collazo Clavell, diabetics should not exceed more than 15 grams of carbohydrates in one serving of fruit.
Harry and David’s Oregold(R) Peaches edible fruit baskets serve as great fruit baskets for diabetics. The organic peaches are available in season July through the beginning of September.
FACTOID: Only fresh or dried fruit is recommended for diabetics. Because canned fruit is laden in sucrose and high levels of carbohydrates, it is not part of a healthy diabetic diet.
According to Dr. Collazo-Clavell diabetics the appropriate serving size of edible fruit for a diabetic should not exceed 15-grams of carbohydrates.
Here is a short list of fresh fruit:
- 3/4 cup (124 grams) cubed pineapple
- 1 peach (165 grams)
- 1/2 orange (165 grams)
- Banana – 1/2 a banana
- 1/2 cup of cubed mango
- 1 1/4 cup (190 grams) cubed watermelon
- 1 1/4 cup (180 grams) whole strawberries
- 1 apple (110 grams)
Diabetics enjoy an ounce of the following dried fruits (and staying within the 15 to 17 grams of carbohydrates):
- Dried apricots
- Dried peaches
- Dried prunes
- Dried apples
Edible gift basket tip: When sending an edible fruit basket to an individual diagnosed with diabetes, send a basket of fresh fruit with whole pieces of fruit. Because Edible Arrangements must be consumed within 24-hours, the contents are too high in carbohydrates for a diabetic to consume within the same day. Also, note that chocolate dipped fruit and other toppings are unsuitable for diabetics, as these toppings are generally laden in sugar.