If your endo wants you to be following a carbohydrate controlled diet, ask him/her for the referral.
All foods that contain sugar or carbohydrates impact blood sugar levels and insulin. This article will give you the portion size for fruits. for example 1 cup of berries has the same amount of carbohydrtes as 1/2 cup applesauce. The berries have a higher water content, not that they are healthier are a better choice.
Your doctor gave VERY vague information, which means very little regarding the control of blood sugar and insulin! If you are having insulin and blood sugar issues and need to keep your carbohydrate intake in a controlled amount...ask your doctor for a referral to see a Registered Dietitian
If you are supposed to be watching your insulin response and blood sugar levels ( I assume this is coming from your doctor)...Then you should be meeting with a Registered Dietitian to discuss your carbohydrate intake at meals and snacks. There is much more to insulin response than just fruit intake.
There's a difference between the glycemic index of a food and its glycemic load. Some foods (like watermelon) can have a fairly high GI but their glycemic load is low because the available carbohydrate is low when you take into account serving size. For example, the GI of watermelon is about 72 but when the available carbohydrate in a typical 120g serving yields only 6 available grams of carbs, so the glycemic load is only about 4. Watch your portion size, and you should be able to enjoy a wider range of fruits. (Low GL foods are those with a value under 10.) Have a look at http://www.mendosa.com/gilists.htm, but you should also speak to a nutritionist specializing in diabetes care.
Low GL foods would include: apples, apricots, cantaloupe, cherries, mangoes, oranges, raspberries, peaches, pears, pineapple, and strawberries. Of that list, cherries and mango are at the higher end (e.g., GLs of 8-9 per serving), while strawberries are at the very low end. Bananas are are higher (GL of 11-16).
I'm not entirely sure, but I also think you can mitigate some of the impact of eating a somewhat higher GL food by eating a low GL food (like meat or a low sugar dairy product) at about the same time. But check that theory - I'm not 100% sure.
The Glycemic Index is a calculation of how long a food takes to absorb into your bloodstream, and some fruits that have a high sugar level are also high in fiber, which balances out the absorption rate. So, certain fruits may have a high amount of sugar while still having a low GI because they're very high in fiber.
If you're having trouble with insulin response, stick to fruits on the Low Carb or Low Sugar lists. Once you get your insulin rates in line, you could probably start adding in Low GI foods, but talk to your doctor about that.
I keep finding different lists of fruits for either "Low carb" or "low sugar" or "low gi".. and the lists are totally different (like what is high in one place is low in another) which has left me totally confused.
I'm supposed to be very careful about watching my insulin response..
Right now I am told I can eat: all berries, green apples, grapefruit.
Are there other fruits that are low enough in sugar?
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