- You should check the glycemic index of different fruits
- Diabetes diet should include foods that can lower blood sugar levels
- Bananas are rich in fibre and are low in glycemic index
Bananas for diabetes: Diabetes diet should include foods that do not contribute to fluctuations in blood sugar levels. Managing blood sugar is an important part of diabetes management. Diabetics are usually of the opinion that they should not eat fruits as they contain sugar (fructose). However, this is anything but true. Fruits contain natural sugar and fibre. Most fruits have low glycemic index which do not contribute to fluctuations in blood sugar levels. When consumed in controlled proportions, they can benefit the body in many ways, and this stands true even for diabetics. In this article, we are going to talk about bananas, the one fruit which is available in all seasons, and if it is healthy fruit for people with diabetes.
Banana is a fruit which is commonly eaten as part of breakfast. It has a sweet taste and contains both carbs and sugar. So does it mean that the banana can increase your blood sugar levels? It is healthy for diabetics to consume banana? Keep reading to know the answer.
Diabetes diet: Can banana affect your blood sugar levels?
Bananas are high in carbs. Foods rich in carbs are known to result in a rapid increase in blood sugar levels. A medium-sized banana contains 14gm of sugar and 6 gm of starch. But bananas are also rich in fibre. Bananas have a low GI score, and this the fruit to be an appropriate choice for diabetics.
Dietitian Upasana Sharma, Head Nutritionist at Max Hospital says, "Banana contains sugar and carbs. But it is rich in fibre and has a low glycemic index. Diabetics can eat banana, but in moderation."
On being asked in which quantities should people with diabetes eat bananas, she says, "A small banana twice or thrice a week is safe diabetics. But, a diabetic should not consume banana daily."
(Upasana Sharma is Head Nutritionist, Max Hospital, Gurgaon)
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