The "big guns" of a healthy diet include lean protein, whole grains, vegetables and fruits. Calories and fat grams in food choices also play a part when you're trying to eat healthier. If you have diabetes, you are probably also watching your carbohydrate intake, as well.
So, what about fruit? Where does fruit fit in a healthy diet? Even though fruit does contain carbohydrates, almost all fruits are filled with vitamins and antioxidants. They are low in calories and are virtually fat free. Fruit also has fiber, which has been shown to help lower blood sugar levels as well as contribute to overall health.
If you are keeping track of your carbs, it's good to know that some fruits are lower in carbs than others, while still packing a great nutritional punch.
What are the healthiest choices? Using an online nutrition website, like About.com's Calorie Count, can make things easier. I researched a variety of fruit and found the calories and carbs for each, on Calorie Count. Use Calorie Count to check out the carb count on your favorite fruits, or use the handy chart below to help you make good fruit choices in your daily meal plans.
Nutritional information gathered from CalorieCount.com, an online diet tool from About.com Health.
(2008, Jan.). Nutrition Recommendations and Interventions for Diabetes. Diabetes Care, Retrieved Nov. 9, 2008, from http://care.diabetesjournals.org/cgi/content/full/31/Supplement_1/S61
|KNOW THE CARBS IN YOUR FRUIT|
|FRUIT||Portion||Calories||Carbs (in grams)|
|CANTALOPE||1 cup cubes||54||13|
|PINEAPPLE||3-1/2"-3/4" slice diameter||42||11|
|STRAWBERRIES||1 cup whole||46||11|