If you’re diabetic, you may be hesitant to include fruit into your diet. There’s no need to fear, however, as certain sweet fruits are great additions to your diet (as long as they are in moderation). In fact, they are the perfect alternative to desserts and often satisfying the cravings of your sweet tooth in addition to providing fiber, antioxidants, and nutrients. Be careful, however, because if consumed excessively, fruit can raise your blood sugar level. It’s recommended to eat fruit with a small portion of protein or fat, such as nuts or Greek yogurt (plain). It is advised to check your blood sugar level before eating, as well as two hours afterward. Here are some fruits that are approved for those with type 2 diabetes.

  1. These have proven to be beneficial on controlling one’s blood sugar level. Grapes are full of polyphenols, which is a plant chemical that has a positive effect on inflammation that occurs with diabetes.
  2. These also have polyphenols and are the perfect fruit due to coming in a pre-set serving portion. There is no way to overeat an apple, as once it’s done, it’s done! Apples have fiber, especially in its skin. This is beneficial because fiber makes you feel full and it slows down the absorption of sugar in the blood. It is recommended to choose a medium-sized apple of your choice.
  3. These are beneficial to your blood vessels and berries are lower in sugar than most fruits. Locally grown blueberries that are in season are always best, as they have more flavor and are fresh. During the off season, flash-frozen berries are great for thawing and then adding to other foods, such as oatmeal (that has no sugar added, of course).
  4. These tiny berries pack quite a punch! Each contains a variety of plant chemicals that provide antioxidant benefits for your overall health and immunity. If you’re eating dried cranberries by themselves or adding them to cereal, oatmeal, etc., remember that a serving is only a quarter cup. Make sure the packaging includes “No added sugars.”
  5. These contain antioxidants and a small amount of natural sugars.
  6. This fruit is packed with vitamin C and assists in weight management. It also improves your body’s usage of blood sugar and goes well with no calorie sweetener substitute, should you not be a fan of its tartness.
  7. These have the ability to positively impact the fat levels in your blood as well as inflammation.
  8. These are low in carbs and high in fat; they’re great as long as you abide by the serving size.
  9. While it’s recommended to test your blood sugar to see how bananas affect you, the suggested portion size is half of a banana. Plantain slices are an even better alternative, whether fresh or frozen.