Diabetes: Which Fruits Contain More And Less Sugar

Diabetes is a chronic disease caused  by the inability of the pancreas to produce the sufficient amount of insulin that the body needs, by producing it of a lower quality than necessary or because it is not used in an effective way.

The hormone insulin facilitates the uptake of glucose from food by cells and its conversion to energy. As a result, glucose does not get absorbed by a diabetic and instead stays in the bloodstream. In order to begin treating diabetes and return blood glucose levels to normal, a diagnosis is necessary. Likewise, maintaining a balanced diet is crucial.

Fruit contains glucose, which is essential to human health, in an entirely natural way.  According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it is recommended to consume at least five pieces of fruit a day to lead a healthy and balanced life.

The fruit is rich in calcium, vitamin C (found in citrus fruits, pineapple, kiwi, strawberries, etc.), vitamin E, and vitamin A (found in peaches, plums, apricots, etc.). It also guards against chronic or cardiovascular disorders and is high in antioxidants. To give us an indication, fruits include between 1 and 20 grammes of sugar per 100 grammes. Nevertheless, they also contain natural fructose, or sugar, so it is unclear whether consuming them will harm those who already have health issues.

The fruits with the lowest sugar content, according to the information above, include avocado (0.7 grammes per 100), lemon (2.5 grammes), raspberry (5 grammes), melon and watermelon (6 grammes), strawberries (7 grammes), and tangerine (10 grammes). Oranges (23 grammes), grapes (20 grammes), bananas (between 20 and 17 grammes), mangoes (nearly 15 grammes), and cherries (12 grammes) are the ones with the highest sugar content.

Here at Connecting Patients, we advise consuming the entire fruit and reaping its benefits!

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