Archive for July, 2011

Here is a question I recently received from FOODPICKER.org:

I was diagnosed as having pre-diabetes earlier this year.  Since then I have completely changed my eating habits and become a vegetarian.  I’ve lost weight but want to lose more.  Can you tell me which fruits have a high sugar content?  I am wondering about apples, raisins, bananas, and strawberries.  I already know I need to avoid orange juice. Thanks for your help!

Answer:   Congratulations!  It seems like the changes you have made are a step in the right direction!  Fruit is in essential part of your diet and can be a great addition to meals and snacks.  Below are some tips to help you with your daily fruit selection :

  • Choose whole pieces of fruit first to maximize the vitamin, mineral and fiber content – 1 whole piece of fruit (i.e. apple, banana, pear, peach, orange) is equivalent to 15 grams carbohydrate
  • Watch your portion size of dried fruit –  1/4 cup of raisins, cran-raisins or other dried fruit contain roughly 30 grams of carbohydrate
  • Limit fruit juices to no more than 1x/day – 1/2 cup apple, grapefruit, orange, pineapple juice or 1/3 cup cranberry, grape, prune juice is equivalent to 15 grams carbohydrate

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