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Can Diabetic People Take Nuts and Dried Fruits?

Can Diabetic People Take Nuts and Dried Fruits?

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Just over one in ten Americans – which equates to roughly 34.2 million – suffer from diabetes. Prediabetes sufferers equal approximately one in three, or 88 million adults. With those kinds of numbers, clearly, more information about managing diabetes and prediabetes is needed.

For diabetics, are dried fruits and nuts allowable in their special diets?

Nuts and diabetics – In most healthy diets, nuts can be easily incorporated because they are a diverse food. They provide beneficial fats and are a good source of protein for everyone; this includes people with diabetes. Approximately 1/4 of a cup, or a small handful, is a good serving size to avoid excess calorie intake. An enjoyable but simple snack, the following are the best nuts for those with diabetes:

  • Peanuts
  • Pistachios
  • Cashews
  • Walnuts
  • Almonds

Keep in mind that, to avoid any risk of complications, in certain diabetic individuals, salted nuts should be avoided. All in all, due to the fact that diabetics should try to stay as healthy as possible, the health benefits of nuts make them a good choice – this is due, in part, to the nutrients they contain. This includes antioxidants, carotenoids, potassium, magnesium, thiamine, folate, vitamin E, and fiber (among others).

Dried fruits and diabetics – The old Mark Twain saying, "Too much of anything is bad…" applies in particular to diabetics and dried fruits. Though dried fruits can be considered a healthy snack choice for many, because of the sugar usually involved, diabetics must not consume excessive amounts. This is not to say, however, that they must avoid dried fruits entirely. They simply need to figure them into their daily carb/sugar intake.

In most cases, a reasonably sized a snack of dried fruits and/or nuts is a tasty and healthy choice.

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