Are strawberries good for type 2 diabetics? strawberries and diabetes

Strawberries are the red juicy fruits (although people like Sheldon don’t consider it so) known for their sweetness. Let’s see how does the relationship of strawberries and diabetes go…

“You stand out like a strawberry in a bowl of peas <3”

Nutrition

Calories33
Glycemic index41
Saturated fats0g
Carbohydrates8g (of which 4.9g sugar)> 2%
Proteins0.7g1%

Glycemic index and Glycemic load (Strawberries and Diabetes)

The glycemic index of strawberries at 41 is within the low range of GI. This means, strawberries increase the blood sugar levels slowly.

The glycemic load of 100g of strawberries is calculated to 41*8/100 = 3.28

3.28 glycemic load again is within the lower range. So, ideally, you can have 300g of strawberries which will have the glycemic load of 9.84, which is just below the upper limit of low range load. Well, with the glycemic status in mind, strawberries and diabetes can go together nicely!

Read:  
ARE PEARS GOOD FOR A DIABETIC? PEARS AND DIABETES

Proteins and Fats

Strawberry does not account for significant effects of proteins and fats on body due to low amount of both of these macro-nutrients. However, they are rich in antioxidants which can play beneficial role in type 2 diabetics.

Micronutrients

Vitamin C 97% of RDA | An experimental study suggests that vitamin C supplementation of 1000mg per day for 6 weeks can cause reduction in blood sugar and lipid levels along with insulin. However, the supplemental dose is almost 17 times the RDA, but increasing the dietary vitamin C intake can help reduce the supplemental dose. Also, as you can see, vitamin C will also help to prevent dyslipidemia which is commonly seen among diabetics.

Magnesium 3% of RDA | Please read this article to know the benefits of Magnesium for diabetes affected individuals.

Other: Iron and Calcium

What do you think about strawberries and diabetes? Are strawberries good for diabetics? Comment your opinion below…

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Hey there, I'm a final year undergrad medical student at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Medical College (SSRMC), Mauritius.

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