Are Strawberries Good or Bad for Diabetes
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Hello, I’m Ty Mason from TheDiabetesCouncil.com, researcher, writer and I have type 2 diabetes. Today I’m going to answer the question, are strawberries good for diabetes. But before we get into that, make sure you download my free diabetes management book which also includes a diabetes grocery shopping guide (foods to eat and avoid).
My grandpa used to raise strawberries out on his farm. There wasn’t much better than to go out there on my way to the pond than to grab a pocket full of strawberries to snack on while fishing.
As a general rule, berries have less carbs than other fruits and are considered excellent choices for those with diabetes.
Let’s look at the strawberry today.
I like the tools we now have for those with diabetes to see how foods will affect our blood sugar. Glycemic Load (GL) is my favorite tool for measuring how my body will react to a certain food after I eat it.
For more on GL and how to calculate it, you can check out our video on “Are Pineapples Good for Diabetes”
When it comes to strawberries, there is great news for those of us who have diabetes and love strawberries.
The 2 fruits with the lowest GL, which is 1, are limes and strawberries.
As far a nutritional value for strawberries, well, you aren’t gonna get loads of vitamins and minerals. But you are going to get a ton of Vitamin C and a small amount of calcium and iron.
Research also shows that individuals who eat strawberries on a regular basis have higher blood levels of folate, which helps repair tissue and cells in our bodies. So, it appears that including strawberries in your diet might just help you achieve and maintain a lowered risk for developing certain diseases.
In addition to the Glycemic Load, which honestly I think is the best barometer for foods, we look at the Glycemic Index as well.
Strawberries contain slow-release carbohydrates. These are the best kind for optimizing control of your blood sugar, according to the international glycemic index database published in 2002 in the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.”
Are strawberries good for diabetes? Without question. Put them on oatmeal, add them to salads, heck, grab a handful and snack on them while you are fishing! You can’t go wrong with strawberries.
I hope this answered your question are strawberries good or bad for diabetes. Don’t forget to get your diabetes management book.
Let me know if you have any other diabetes related questions.