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Diabetes poses a grave risk to your health and even your life. Due to the nature of the disease, you may think that you have to give up fruits completely in order to control your sugar levels. But this is a popular myth which needs to be debunked. The truth is that even with diabetes you can eat all kinds of fruits, but in moderation or if you are not allergic to them. However, according to the National Institute of Diabetic and Kidney Disease, diabetics should avoid taking fruit juices and canned fruits completely to avoid serious life-threatening illnesses. If you are a diabetic but with a weakness for all things fruity, we offer a middle path. Try these six nutritious fruits if you are looking for a diabetic friendly treat to manage your blood sugar levels.

Strawberries
Strawberries are high in anthocyanin, which is an antioxidant responsible for its rich red colour. Anthocyanin also helps to control your cholesterol and insulin levels. This lowers the risk of heart-related diseases and controls blood sugar. And what's more is that a whole cup of strawberries has only 49 calories, 11 grams of carbs and 3 grams of fibre, so they don't really spike your sugar levels right after you have them. Furthermore, strawberries contain the richest combination of anti-inflammatory properties that help keep your diabetes in check. This means no swelling and no water retention.

Cherries
One cup of cherries contains 78 calories and 19 grams of carbs, which makes this sweet little fruit a treat for diabetic patients. They are loaded with antioxidants, which prevent heart-related ailments, cancer and reduce swelling in your body. So, include cherries as part of your daily diabetes management diet and eat your way to good health.

Apples
You must have heard of this one, ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away!’ This old saying could not be truer as apples are undeniably good for your health, especially if you are diabetic. This fruit has lots of essential nutrients such as fibre and vitamin C, which help slow down sugar absorption from your intestine and keep your blood glucose levels in check. Being an excellent antioxidant, apples also help fight oxidative damage in your body, leading to an overall improvement in your health. So, you can definitely munch on this juicy fruit without being worried about your blood sugar levels. Add it to a fruit salad or make healthy smoothies out of it, imagination is the key.

Avocado
Avocado is probably one of the healthiest fruits to ever exist. It is rich in fibres, antioxidants and monounsaturated fats, which not only helps regulate your blood sugar levels but also ensure that your body does not store harmful fats that may otherwise worsen your condition. Simply wash and eat avocado directly or consume it with a sprinkle of herbs or few lemons drops to enhance its flavour and taste.

Pears
Pears are yet another fruits that can help you keep a check on your blood sugar levels and manage your diabetes. It gives a sweet and crunchy kick to fruit salads and has high fibre content, which makes it almost impossible for your blood sugar to spike instantly. Pears taste divine no matter you eat them as such or combine them with other fruits to make a yummy salad. They are best when stored at room temperature.

Kiwi
Kiwi is often dubbed as a super-fruit due to its high nutritional value including potassium, fibre, and vitamin C. A large-sized kiwi contains only 56 calories and 13 grams of carbohydrates, which makes them a perfect treat for a diabetic person. Kiwi fruit is available throughout the year and you can easily refrigerate them for at least 3-4 weeks.

If you want to safely manage your diabetes, it is best to keep an eye on your blood sugar. The above-mentioned fruits not only help you manage your blood sugar but they also aid in the overall improvement of health. Always eat fresh fruits and in appropriate portion sizes. Always consult your doctor if you have any concerns.

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