Are Nectarines 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 nectarines 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).
Quick quiz before we get started. Is a nectarine a peach?
Well, that is going to depend on who you ask. If you ask me the nectarine and the peach are identical twins but the nectarine doesn’t have to shave.
Most will agree that the ONLY difference between a peach and a nectarine is the fuzz on the peach’s skin. They have just about the same flavor and texture and the slight differences is not nature, but man made.
The difference basically depends on one recessive gene, which determines whether or not the fruit will be fuzzy. If both parent trees give this gene to a seedling, the result will be a nectarine.
Otherwise, peaches and nectarines are genetically identical.
A 2o12 study by the Texas AgriLife Research team has found that peaches, plums and nectarines have found to have bioactive compounds that can possibly fight-off obesity-related diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
The study has showed that the compounds in the fruits could be a vital weapon against “metabolic syndrome,” in which obesity and inflammation lead to serious health issues.
A look at the nutritional values of the nectarine will find it is very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Niacin and Potassium, and a very good source of Vitamin C.
It does have a high sugar content, at 11 grams which makes us pause to consider if this is a good food for those of us with diabetes or not.
Using our tools to help us make decisions on foods. The Glycemic Index for raw nectarines is 43, a low GI fruit. That’s good news!
The better news is that the glycemic load of nectarines is 4.
So are nectarines good for diabetes? Yes they are!
They are delicious, readily available, reasonably priced and they actually can help us control our blood sugar.
My favorite way to eat a nectarine? Sliced up in a bowl, a little sucralose on top of them, then pour on the milk. YUM YUM!
I hope this answered your question are nectarines 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.