Can diabetics eat lychee fruit? lychee and diabetes

Lychee is a fruit of its own kind. Let’s see if lychee and diabetes go hand in hand…

“Sunday is Lychee day!”

Nutrition

Table showing nutritional facts of 100g of lychee

Calories66
Glycemic index57
Saturated fats0.1g
Carbohydrates17g (of which 15g sugar)5%
Proteins0.8g1%

Glycemic index and Glycemic load (Lychee and Diabetes)

The glycemic index of lychees is within the medium range. Thus, one should be cautious while eating lychees. 

The glycemic load of 100g of lychees mounts to 57*17/100 = 9.69

Thus, 100g of lychees is more than enough for a type 2 diabetic individuals. With medium range glycemic index, lychees tend to increase blood sugar levels more rapidly than those foods and fruits with low GI.

Whenever you consume foods that are above the low range GI, practice eating green leafy vegetables and have post consumption walks to control the rapidity of blood sugar increase. Probably, lychee and diabetes aren’t made for each other but can manage well if you stay cautious.

Read: ARE STRAWBERRIES GOOD FOR TYPE 2 DIABETICS? STRAWBERRIES AND DIABETES

Proteins and Fats

Lychee does not make to the list of protein rich or fat rich foods. Although less, the proteins form lychee may have pro-inflammatory effects. Hypoglycin, a protein which reduces the blood sugar levels, is found in unripe lychee fruit. It can lead to severe hypoglycemia and irreversible brain damage.

Micronutrients

Vitamin C 119% 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.

Vitamin B6 5% of RDA | Deficiency of vitamin B6 leads to reduction in circulating levels of insulin mainly caused by deficiency induced degenerative changes in the beta cells of pancreas which are the insulin secreting cells of the pancreas.

Other: magnesium and iron

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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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