Fruit and vegetables provide us with a good source of vitamins, minerals and fibre. Eating plenty can help to reduce your risk of heart disease and some cancers.
Some people worry about eating fruit because it contains natural sugar and may effect blood glucose levels.
However, if you are distributing your fruit evenly across the day and having the recommended portion sizes as listed below, you should find your blood glucose levels are fine. If you are having difficulties then please speak to your diabetes team or GP surgery. Having diabetes does not mean that you should stop having fruit.
Where one portion is....... 1 apple / 1 banana / 2 plums / 2 kiwis / 2 satsuma’s / 1 medium handful of strawberries or grapes / 1 slice of melon (2 inches thick )/ 1 small glass (150ml) unsweetened fruit juice / 3 tablespoons of tinned or stewed fruit / 1 tablespoon of dried fruit 1 small bowl of salad / 2-3 tablespoons of vegetables e.g. peas / carrots / broccoli / lettuce / cauliflower / okra / spinach / aubergines / karela, etc.(Vegetables in curry / casserole do count as a portion)
See the link below to discover what count as a portion for many more fruit and vegetables
(Ref: Healthy Eating in the South Asian Community for people with diabetes, Diabetes UK Balance, Literature from LNDS)
(Reviewed and updated by Hannah Berkerly Senior Diabetes Specialist Dietitan UHL 2014)