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Diabetes is a chronic condition that requires constant management. A healthy diet and lifestyle play an important role in controlling blood sugars. A diabetes diet should include foods that do not affect blood sugar levels negatively and help in controlling them naturally. Fruits are extremely healthy. It is advised to east fruits daily to receive a variety of nutrients. But fruits contain natural sugar. So, diabetics are advised to eat fruits in moderation. While some fruits are healthy for diabetics whereas, it is advised to avoid a few. Pineapple is a sweet fruit loaded with multiple health benefits. Is it safe for diabetics to eat pineapple? Let's find out.
Diabetes diet: Is it healthy for diabetics to eat pineapple?
Pineapple is loaded with nutrients. It contains enzymes known as bromelain which can help boost digestion. Pineapple can also help boost immunity and suppress inflammation. It also contains antioxidants that can help combat oxidative stress.
Pineapple may offer amazing health benefits but it is not a good choice for diabetics. Pineapple is a medium GI fruit. Foods with low GI (glycemic index) are considered best for diabetics. Carbs can also contribute to high blood sugar levels. Most diabetics count the number of carbs they consume per meal to avoid major fluctuations in blood sugars. Though, pineapple contains low amount of carbs.
Pavithra N Raj, Chief Dietician at Columbia Asia Hospital explains, "Pineapple is a powerhouse of nutrition. It is loaded with vitamin C, vitamin B12 (thiamine), iron, antioxidants, bioflavonoids, anti-inflammatory properties and is rich in magnesium and potassium. It also contains enzyme bromelain which aids digestion and acts as a diuretic. Pineapple is rich in fibre which can keep you full for longer and slow down the absorption of sugar but medium GI score makes it not-so-good for blood sugar levels."
How to eat pineapple if you have diabetes?
Pavithra further adds, "100 GM of fruit can be consumed for mid-morning and can be paired with 5-6 pieces of other fruits."
Diabetics should avoid pineapple as much as possible. But if you want to eat pineapple pair it with foods that have a low GI score. Do not drink pineapple juice as it contains more sugar. Diabetics should avoid drinking fruit juices, to prepare one glass of juice you need more fruit which means more sugar.
(Pavithra N Raj, Chief Dietician, Columbia Asia Referral Hospital Yeshwanthpur)
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