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Strawberries - Carb Counts and Health Benefits of Strawberries

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Updated April 17, 2009

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When you have type 2 diabetes, it's important to keep track of how many carbs you're eating. Even though there's nothing like that first taste of a fresh strawberry in the spring, it's still good to know the carb count and health benefits of strawberries. Like most fruit, strawberries are a carbohydrate, but they're also packed with vitamins, fiber and lots of antioxidants. Make fresh strawberries part of your healthy lifestyle.

Calorie, Carbohydrate and Fiber Counts for Strawberries

1 large (1-3/8") strawberry:

Calories - 6, Fiber - 0.4 grams, Carbohydrates - 1.4 grams

1/2 cup whole strawberries:

Calories - 23, Fiber - 1.4 grams, Carbohydrates - 5.5 grams

1 cup whole strawberries:

Calories - 46, Fiber - 2.9 grams, Carbohydrates - 11.1 grams

1 pint strawberries:

Calories - 114, Fiber - 7.1 grams, Carbohydrates - 27.4 grams

Another way to gauge the effect of strawberries on blood sugar is the glycemic index. The glycemic index is a way of measuring how quickly a carbohydrate enters the bloodstream and how high it raises blood glucose levels.

The glycemic index is a scale from 1 to 100, with higher glycemic numbers indicating foods that raise blood sugar higher and faster than foods with lower glycemic numbers.

The glycemic index for strawberries is 32 to 40. This makes strawberries a healthy choice for people with diabetes.

More information on carbohydrates and fruit...

Source:

Kaye Foster-Powell, Susanna HA Holt, and Janette C Brand-Miller (2002).International Table of Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load Values. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 76:5–56

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