Is there a lot of sugar in cherries? Cherry and Diabetes

Anything, is perfect, with the cherry on the top, isn’t it? This small red globular fruit is the best finisher in many bakery items. Will cherry and diabetes work? Let’s see!

“I love you cherry much!”

Nutrition

Table showing nutritional facts of 100g of cherries

Calories50
Glycemic index
Saturated fats0.1g
Carbohydrates12g (8g sugar & 1.6g fiber)4% (16%  & 6%)
Proteins1g2%

Glycemic index and Glycemic load (Cherry and Diabetes)

Cherries, fortunately, have a low GI value of 22. That’s a great news! And maybe that’s the reason why “the cherry on the top” makes it all perfect <3

The glycemic load for 100g ripe red cherries is 22*12/100 = 2.6 that’s great!

So, the glycemic load of cherry permits you to eat almost 300g of ripe red cherries. But then why would someone eat so many cherries right?

Also, these values are for the raw and fresh cherries. Please do not consume the cherries dipped in sugary syrup and preserved for days in cans. They have a very high GI and GL value which can take all the fun away!

Read: DO POTATOES CAUSE HIGH BLOOD SUGAR? POTATO AND DIABETES

Micronutrients

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.

Vitamin C 16% 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.

Other: Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium & Iron

Cherry and diabetes, is cherry on the top perfect for type 2 diabetics too?

T&C

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

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