Is Pineapple 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, is pineapple 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).
As we have discussed in other videos, just because you have diabetes doesn’t mean you have to give up fruit. Fruit is an essential part of a healthy diet even for those of us who have diabetes.
Where we need to be smart about fruit is which ones and how much.
So what about pineapple?
The makeup is pretty simple: pineapples are 86% water and 14% carbs.
That doesn’t sound good for the person with diabetes does it? While pineapples are very low in calories they are quite high in sugar.
But don’t give up on the pineapple yet. We always have to look at the whole picture of a food before we dismiss it. One factor we must look at when deciding whether or not a food is good or bad for those with diabetes is the Glycemic Index. The lower the GI the better it is for us. In other words, foods with a lower GI has less impact on our blood sugar.
Fresh pineapple has a GI of 59. This means it is a medium impact food. Foods with a GI of 50 or less is considered low impact while those with a GI of 70 or more are high.
Something else we must look at is glycemic load. This basically measures the likelihood of a food raising your blood sugar after you eat it. You can calculate the GL of a food by multiplying the glycemic index by the amount of carbohydrates per serving and dividing by 100.
The pineapple has a medium GI, its glycemic load is only 7, which is considered low, so it isn’t likely to cause a large increase in your blood sugar levels if you just eat one serving.
So is pineapple good for diabetes. Yes it is, in moderation.
But be careful! These numbers are for RAW FRESH pineapple. If you go to your store and buy a can of pineapple expecting it not to affect your blood sugar you would be wrong. If choosing canned pineapple first be sure it is canned with its own juices. Secondly, do NOT get pineapple packed in heavy syrup.
The amount of sugar in some canned pineapple is triple the amount of fresh.
I hope this answered your question is pineapple 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.