Can Diabetics Eat Apples?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jul 20, 2012

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It may be presumed to be wrong to let a diabetic eat apples for it has high sugar, but the fact of the matter is that apples are often prescribed to diabetics. Read more to find out why.


Benefits of Eating Apples

Sure apple is dense with sugar, but it has a variety of nutrients and benefits that diabetics need.



Apples are a great source of fibre, such as pectin, which prevents the build up of cholesterol in the blood vessel reducing the risk of heart diseases, which is a complication of type 2 diabetes. Soluble fibre also helps in the slowing down of the rate of absorption of sugar, thereby helping in keeping the blood glucose levels stable.


Insoluble Fibre

Apples also comprise insoluble fibre that is linked to a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. Apples are known to be an excellent part of a pre-diabetic’s diet. The soluble fibre helps in controlling blood sugar by releasing the sugar slowly into the bloodstream. Apart from regulating the blood sugar levels along with the bowel function, insoluble fibre has anti-inflammatory affect that can help diabetics recover faster from infections and wounds.

The natural chemicals in the apple work in congruence with each other to slow the digestion and absorption of sugar. These also help in lowering cholesterol. According to a study done on women, who ate 75 grams of dried apples every day for over 6 months, done by the Florida State University, the women underwent a 23 per cent decreases in the level of bad LDL cholesterol.


Recommended Intake

The recommended intake of apples for a diabetic is about 28 to 35 grams per day. A medium sized apple has over 60 calories and 15 grams of carbohydrates. You may also eat skinned apple, though eating an apple with its skin will provide you 4 grams of fibre i.e. about 20% of the total daily intake of fibre.

Try to ensure that one serving of the fruit does not exceed 15 g of carbohydrates. A tiny piece of whole fruit contains about 15g grams of carbohydrates. 1/3 to ½ cup of apple’s juice consists 15 g of carbohydrates while only 2 tbsp. of dried apples contains 15 g of carbs.

The consumption of apples in a diabetic’s diet varies from person to person. Therefore, before eating apples, make sure that you discuss about it with a doctor.


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