Is passion fruit good for diabetes? (Passion fruit and Diabetes)

Many people actually find passion in passion fruit. It is also one of the common flavors of soft drinks available globally. What is your opinion about passion fruit and diabetes? Let’s read on…

“Do it with passion or not at all”

Table showing nutritional facts of 100g of passion fruit

Calories97
Glycemic index30low (good)
Saturated fats0.1g
Carbohydrates23g (11g sugar & 10g fibers)7% (22% & 40%)
Proteins2.2g4%

Glycemic index and Glycemic load (Passion fruit and Diabetes)

The glycemic index of passion fruit is quite impressive at the value of 30, which is midway within the low GI range. The glycemic load with 23g of carbohydrate content is 23*30/100 = 6.9

At this value, we can surely increase the serving size, but it is better to maintain it at 100g to avoid crossing the upper limit of low glycemic load range. 

Passion fruit is once the richest sources of dietary fibers with the value reaching almost 40% of the recommended daily allowance. This can be the main reason behind lower GI value of passion fruit.

Read: CAN A DIABETIC PATIENT EAT DRAGON FRUIT? (DRAGON FRUIT AND DIABETES)

Micronutrients

Vitamin C 50% 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 A 25% of RDA | The role of vitamin A in type 2 diabetes is still under review. However, there are 3 possible mechanisms by which vitamin A can be beneficial. These include its antioxidant property, its property to lower insulin resistance and thirdly, its ability to mediate insulin release.

Potassium 9% of RDA | Potassium itself has no role to play directly on diabetes parameters. However, diabetics who have kidney disease need to regulate potassium intake to avoid too much or too less of potassium in the body.

Iron 8% of RDA | Iron has a pathogenic role to play in the development of diabetes mellitus and its complications mainly retinopathy (eye complication) and nephropathy (kidney complication).

Magnesium 7% of RDA | Please read this article to know the benefits of Magnesium for diabetes affected individuals.

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: Calcium & Sodium

What do you think about passion fruit and diabetes? Comment 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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