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Can People with Type 2 Diabetes Eat Carrots and Apples

2013-01-14 12:12

Can People with Type 2 Diabetes Eat Carrots and ApplesWhat we eat has an important influence on our blood sugar level. People with type 2 diabetes must follow a healthy eating plan and avoid foods high in sugar. Fortunately, most kinds of fruits are perfectly acceptable in a balanced diabetic diet. Carrots and apples can be included in their daily diet.


Carrots are non-starchy vegetables, so they are lower in carbohydrates than most foods.One cup of raw carrots has about 5 grams of carbohydrate and half cup of cooked carrots contain about 5 grams of carbohydrate. The patients with type 2 Diabetes can have a larger portion of carrots for less carbohydrates than starchy vegetables and fruits.

Additionally, carrots are abundant in vitamin A, vitamin C, and are low in calories. Thereby, carrots are actually a great food choice for people with type 2 diabetes.


Apples are acceptable for people with type 2 Diabetes. However, as apples contain a moderate amount of carbohydrates, the patients must count the fruit as part of their healthy eating plan. The average apple contains about 20 g of carbohydrates. If apples are included in diabetic diet, carbohydrates from other foods like starches, grains or dairy products should be reduced.

The health benefits of apples for outweigh their influence on blood sugar. Apples are rich in antioxidants, dietary fiber and flavanoids, all of which are important to protect the patients’ overall health.

While fruits have so many health effects, eating too many fruits at a time can cause blood sugar spikes. Choose a small or medium-sized apple rather than a large one.

Both carrots and apples can be eaten by people with type 2 diabetes. If you would like to get more diet suggestions, feel free to ask us on line.

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