Can Diabetics Eat Mangoes?
Yes, people with diabetes can eat mangoes, but they need to be mindful of the portion size and their overall carbohydrate intake.
Mangoes are a delicious fruit that are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, and can be a healthy addition to a balanced diet. However, mangoes are also high in natural sugars and carbohydrates, which can cause a rapid rise in blood sugar levels.
If you have diabetes, it is important to monitor your intake of carbohydrates and sugars to help manage your blood sugar levels. While small amounts of mango may be incorporated into a healthy diet for individuals with diabetes, it is important to keep track of your overall carbohydrate and sugar intake.
Here are some tips for people with diabetes who want to eat mangoes:
Portion control: It is crucial to limit the amount of mangoes consumed in one sitting. A reasonable portion size would be about 1/2 cup of diced mango, which contains around 15 grams of carbohydrates.
Pairing with protein: Eating mangoes with a source of protein can help slow down the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream. For example, you can have mango with a small handful of nuts or a serving of plain yogurt.
Timing: It is best to eat mangoes as part of a balanced meal, rather than as a snack between meals. This can help regulate blood sugar levels and prevent spikes.
Monitor blood sugar levels: People with diabetes should monitor their blood sugar levels before and after consuming mangoes to see how their bodies react. If you notice a significant increase in blood sugar levels after eating mangoes, you may need to adjust your portion size or frequency of consumption.
Remember, it is always important to talk to your doctor about how to incorporate mangoes into your individualized diabetes meal plan.
Dr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam, MD, FRCP (London), FACP (USA)
Internal Medicine Specialist
Phone : 85000 23456