Diabetics, an apple a day actually keep the Doctor away?
An apple a day keeps the Doctor away. We have all heard this saying but what if you are diabetic and need to watch your carbohydrate intake, medium apples do contain 25 carbs after all. For some diabetics, this is the max they try to eat in one meal, let alone a snack.
Let's start off at looking at apples. They are delicious and come in a wide variety of flavors. Apples are full of nutrition. One medium apple contains only 95 calories, 25 carbs and an amazing 14 percent of your daily intake of vitamin C.
Being diabetic, you are thinking wow that is a lot of carbs for a snack, but what we don't see is not all carbs are the same. Fiber is a carb that actually will help lower your blood sugar. In 1 medium apple you will find about 4.4 grams of fiber, as long as you eat the skin. Recommended daily intake of fiber for adults range from 21 to 25 grams of fiber for adult women and 31 to 35 grams for adult men. Due to the very high fiber content one apple generally will also make you feel full, stopping you from consuming empty calories and keeping you on track for any weight loss regimen you may be doing.
Although apples will spike your blood sugar slightly, the fiber in the apples will help digest and help you absorb the carbs, causing your sugars to raise slowly. This is why apples are listed on the lower end of the Glycemic Index (GI) and Glycemic Load (GL) tables. The GI and GL table's help you measure how much a food will affect blood sugar levels. The lower the number the better it is for you sugars, whereas higher numbers should be avoided at all costs if diabetic.
In summary, an apple a day for a diabetic, would help keep the doctor away. Lots of nutrition, helping to lower your blood sugar and controlling your appetite. You have enough to worry about, being hungry is not one of them. Grab an apple and enjoy this delicious snack today.
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