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2/6/15 8:36 P

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Ate 2 apples today

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1/20/15 8:22 A

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I'm the same way, I always eat a small apple with a spoon of PB or some lowfat cheese. My nutritionist says you should always have a carb with protein as the protein slows down the absorption of the sugar from the carb.

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1/19/15 12:36 A

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If I eat an apple for a snack I eat it with peanut butter or almond butter. I can not eat an apple just by it self. If find it works after my meal.

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1/18/15 11:46 P

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Thanks for the info.

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1/18/15 7:18 P

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Looking at the glycemic load apples really don't look so bad. But it is more complicated than that. Glycemic load is estimated and derived from glycemic index, a measurement that requires human testing which will only give averages as each person will respond differently to foods.
Here is the article from the same website about this:
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People with diabetes are known to have a much lower tolerance for carbohydrates than the average person because of either insulin-resistance (type 2) or lack of ability to produce insulin (type 1) or both. For this reason glycemic index/load is an even more inaccurate measure for us as diabetics. Taking one's blood sugar after consuming a food is much more accurate to know how a particular person responds to a food.
So my recommendation would be for people to find out how their body responds to apples and maybe try if the blood sugar impact varies depending if apples are eaten by themselves or in combination with other foods.
I find that I can get away with apples better when I combine them with full-fat yogurt, heavy cream or nuts.
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1/18/15 6:45 P

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That's an interesting web site, Houndlover1. One thing I notice is that for 125 grams of apple we are getting 107 grams of water and the Glycemic Load is just 3 (on a scale of 0-250), so shouldn't have a huge impact on blood glucose.

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1/18/15 5:53 P

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Thanks for this article. I had seen a reference that apples are particularly good for diabetes on TV, but couldn't find anything online about it.




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1/18/15 5:11 P

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I agree that apples are one the lower end of carbs as far as fruit goes. Still, the size matters, a lot:
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The carbs for an extra small (2 1/2 inch diameter) apple are about 14 grams and 10 grams of that is sugar.
The carbs for a large apple (3 1/4 inch diameter) are about 31 grams and 23 grams of that is sugar.
Many apples in my supermarket are about 4 inches in diameter.
There are also differences by type of apple. Many types of apples have been bred for high sugar levels for decades. The smaller, tart apples are often hard to find in grocery stores (except for Granny Smith) because consumers expect everything to taste as sweet as a candy bar. Just look at how seed catologs advertise the sweetness of what they are selling.
I'm not saying don't eat apples, just be aware of what you are getting.
For me any serving of over 5 grams of sugar (1/2 an extra small apple) is causing blood sugar values that are higher than 120.

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1/18/15 5:05 P

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I have read apples slow down the digestive process. Smaller ones should fit into our diets.

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1/18/15 3:32 P

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Apples are one of the better fruit for diabetics.Easy to have in your bag at all times.I do not worry on the size of the apple as I would say a banana.I live in apple orchard and wine country.Bite into an apple and enjoy.

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While apples can have benefits, the pesticides on conventionally grown apples are very bad news. So only get organic apples. There is also GMO apples (Arctic Apple) now that I would avoid as well.
Another thought about apples. They come in all sizes. Large apples can have a huge impact on blood sugar for many diabetics. While a little may be good a lot is not. The smaller the apple the better the ratio of skin(fiber) to meat. Shop for small apples and get them locally from fruit trees in your areas. We have a Granny Smith tree in our yard that we don't spray. We harvest the apples and the ones that have worms we cut the bad parts out of. It makes for smaller servings of apple, about a quarter the size of many grocery store apples.
I would skip apples alltogether if I had to buy non-organic as they are in the dirty dozen.

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1/18/15 9:37 A

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I Had my breakfast an half an Apple because my pink Lady was extra large. two hours after eating BS was only 105. This is why I eat appls to keep BS in check. It works for me.

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I will have to buy some apples. Not my "go-to" fruit, but maybe I need to reconsider.

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Apples are one of my favorite snacks, all the more reason to enjoy them. Thanks for sharing.

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Interesting! I love apples, and I am so glad I found some tiny ones at the grocery store. One of those and a piece of cheese is my morning snack almost every day.

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Article on Easy Health Options

One of my favorite fruits is also a health and weight loss wonder. Anyone who is trying to follow a healthy diet should always have these treats on hand for a quick, satisfying snack.

My go-to choice for a fruit snack – apples.

Apples represent some of the tastiest, most remarkably healthy fruits. Aside from being easy to store and consume at the spur of the moment, these fruits produce benefits that continue to impress researchers.

Apples help weight-loss
A lab study at Washington State University shows that natural substances in apples that are metabolized and fermented by bacteria in the gut can influence body chemistry in ways that help you keep off extra pounds. Granny Smith apples are particularly rich in these non-digestible compounds.

“We know that, in general, apples are a good source of these non-digestible compounds but there are differences in varieties,” says food scientist Giuliana Noratto who led the study. “Results from this study will help consumers to discriminate between apple varieties that can aid in the fight against obesity.”

Although the dietary fiber in apples may not be directly digested by the intestines, they are taken in by intestinal (probiotic) bacteria.

In her lab study, Noratto found that “the nondigestible compounds in the Granny Smith apples actually changed the proportions of fecal bacteria from obese (lab animals) to be similar to that of lean (animals).”

Noratto notes that by balancing bacteria in the intestines, apples can keep the immune system behaving more moderately. The result: less of the type of inflammation linked to diabetes.

“What determines the balance of bacteria in our colon is the food we consume,” she says.

She adds that when apples re-establish a healthy balance of bacteria, you also feel more satisfied with less food. That translates into fewer calories and a lower weight.

Miracle fruit
According to researcher Bahram H. Arjmandi, at Florida State University, apples are a “miracle fruit” that everyone should be eating daily.

Arjmandi says that lab studies have demonstrated how apple pectin (a type of dietary fiber) and polyphenols (beneficial chemicals found in apples) improve the ways in which the body deals with fats and reduces molecules in the body that would otherwise increase inflammation. Arjmandi’s own studies have shown that eating apples protects the heart health of postmenopausal women.

The results of Arjmandi’s research have demonstrated health benefits that were stronger than he initially expected. When women in his research ate apples everyday for six months, their LDL (bad) cholesterol dropped by an average of 23 percent. Arjmandi terms these “incredible changes.” In addition, apple consumption was linked to heart healthy reductions of lipid hydroperoxide levels and C-reactive protein.

“I never expected apple consumption to reduce bad cholesterol to this extent while increasing HDL cholesterol or good cholesterol by about 4%,” Arjmandi says.

He also points out that in his study, the extra 240 calories per day in the apples his subjects ate did not cause them to gain weight. To the contrary, they lost an average of 3.3 pounds.

“Reducing body weight is an added benefit to daily apple intake,” he says. He believes that the pectin in apples, which adds to your feeling of fullness after eating, is a key to helping you take off pounds.

While the old saying goes: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” you can also add that the same apple keeps the belly fat and diabetes away.




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