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Fruit consumption vs. diabetes

Fruit is a great ally in anyone's diet and healthy life. They contribute to a good bowel function, strengthen the immune system, protect the body from various types of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, help reduce cholesterol levels and blood glucose levels, and also prevent Alzheimer's disease, among others.

In addition to all the preventive benefits that fruit can bring, they are also very important in the lives of people with diabetes. Nutritionist Danyela Gerolin points out that these foods should be included in diabetics' daily meals: Fruits contain fibers that are not absorbed and digested, which facilitates intestinal functioning and slows down the absorption of glucose, contributing to glycemic control.

Knowing exactly which varieties and the ideal amount can make a big difference when it comes to eating. According to the WHO (World Health Organization), you should consume at least 5 portions a day.

Fruits can be varied and what should be taken into consideration is the portion to be consumed, as an exaggerated amount is the main cause of high blood sugar levels, such as orange juice.

It's also recommended to always eat a portion of fruit accompanied by a good quality protein or fat, as eating a portion of fruit as a snack can mean an over-injection of sugar into the blood, a glycemic spike, followed by a sudden drop that can lead to hunger.

Watermelon is one of the fruits with the highest GI (glycemic index), but if it is eaten with a handful of mixed nuts it will lower its GI, as will Kiwi with a pot of yogurt.

Fruits consumed fresh and in adequate quantities play a fundamental role in nourishing the body, which is why they are also essential for the quality of life of diabetics. Investing more in the right way to eat is always recommended.


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