Is the Sugar in Fruit Bad for People with Diabetes?

podcast May 15, 2024

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In this podcast episode, we chat with Carmelita Lombera, a UC Berkeley graduate and Diabetes Digital Dietitian with a diverse career in health coaching and nutrition, tackling the question: does fruit pose risks for those with diabetes? We dive into the difference between natural fruit sugars and added sugars, stressing the importance of understanding Glycemic Index (GI) and Glycemic Load (GL) for managing blood sugar levels. We will also highlight the benefits of choosing whole fruits over fruit juice when possible. You'll learn practical strategies for including fruits in a diabetes management plan, focusing on portion control, fruit choices, and pairing with proteins or healthy fats.

In This Episode We’ll Cover: 

  • Natural sugars in fruits vs. added sugars
  • The difference between Glycemic Index (GI) and Glycemic Load (GL)
  • How the body processes sugar
  • The benefits of fruit consumption for individuals with diabetes
  • Considerations regarding fruit juice for individuals with diabetes
  • How to include fruits and manage blood sugar levels 
  • How much fruit you should be eating in a day
  • Practical tips for incorporating fruits into a diabetes management plan + MUCH MORE! 

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