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From: Bill T. (e-mail not disclosed for privacy)
To: diabetes@foodpicker.org
Date: 11/17/2017
Subject: fruit & sugar?
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I have pre-diabetes and am trying to learn about carbohydrate and sugar.  Does the sugar in fruit count as sugar?    

Below are a number of responses to the above question:

Jenifer Kayan RD, LD (Registered Dietitian)
Answer: Fruit contains natural sugars and while it is good to eat, diabetics still need to monitor their fruit intake.  Too much of anything is never a good thing.  It is important to eat a balanced diet with foods from all the food groups as well as make smart choices.  While carbohydrate intake needs to be monitored, there are better choices than others... (click for entire response)

Katie Kelly, RD (Registered Dietitian)
Answer: Fruit sugar, also known as fructose, does contain sugar that needs to be accounted for.  The best thing to do would be to choose whole fruits versus drinking fruit juice. Eating the actual fruit provides fiber and less sugar than drinking fruit juice.  If you decide to carbohydrate count, one serving of fruit... (click for entire response)

Nien-Jung Wu, Dietetic Intern
Answer: There are three types of carbohydrate: starch (also known as complex carbohydrate), sugar, and fiber.  In the category of sugar, natural sugar exists in fruits, called fructose... (click for entire response)

Michelle Rauch, Dietetic Intern
Answer: Yes, sugar in fruit counts as a carbohydrate - however, this does not mean that you should avoid fruit as a pre-diabetic.  In fact, fruit should be a part of your diet as they are loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber... (click for entire response)


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Dried Fruit:
Cranberries, Dried, Sweetened
Dole Dates
Dole Prunes
Dole Raisins
Pear, Dried, Uncooked
Raisins, Golden Seedless
Raisins, Seedless
Sunmaid Apples
Sunmaid Golden Raisins
Sunmaid Mission Figs
SunMaid Raisins
Sunmaid Zante Currants
Sunsweet Apricots
Sunsweet Chopped Dates
Sunsweet Cranberries
Sunsweet Orchard Mix
SunSweet Pitted Bite Size Prunes
Sunsweet Pitted Dates

Fresh Fruit:
Apple, Raw with Skin
Banana, Raw
Blackberries, Raw
Blueberries, Raw
Boysenberries, Raw
Cantaloupe Melon, Raw
Carambola (Starfruit), Raw
Cherries, Sweet, without Pits, Raw
Chiquita Apple
Chiquita Apricots
Chiquita Banana
Chiquita Cantaloupe
Chiquita Cherries
Chiquita Grapefruit
Chiquita Grapes
Chiquita Honeydew Melon
Chiquita Kiwifruit
Dole Apples
Dole Apricots
Dole Bananas
Dole Cantalope
Dole Chayote
Dole Cherries
Dole Cranberries
Dole Fresh-Cut Pineapple
Dole Honeydew Melons
Dole Mangoes
Dole Oranges
Dole Peaches
Dole Pears
Dole Plums
Dole Raspberries
Grapefruit, Pink and Red, Raw
Grapes, American Type (Slip Skin), Raw
Grapes, Red or Green, European Type, Raw
Honeydew Melon, Raw
Kiwi Fruit, without Skin, Raw
Lemon, without Peel, Raw
Lime, Raw
Mangos, Raw
Mulberries, Raw
Nectarine, Raw
Orange, Navel, Raw
Peach, Raw
Pear, Raw
Pineapple, Raw
Plum, Raw
Pomegranate, Raw
Raspberries, Black, Raw (Black Caps)
Raspberries, Raw
Strawberries, Raw
Sunkist Grapefruit
Sunkist Lemon
Sunkist Lime
Sunkist Orange
Sunkist Tangerine
Tangerine (Mandarin Orange, Satsuma, Clementine)
Tangerine, Raw
Watermelon, Raw

Fruit Juice:
Apple Juice, Canned, Unsweetened with Ascorbic Acid
Apple Juice, Canned, Unsweetened without Ascorbic Acid
Cranberry Juice, Unsweetened
Grape Juice, Canned, Unsweetened, without Vitamin C
Grapefruit Juice, White, Canned, Sweetened
Grapefruit Juice, White, Canned, Unsweetened
Minute Maid Country Style Orange Juice
Orange Juice, Canned, Unsweetened
Orange Juice, Raw
Orange-Grapefruit Juice, Canned, Unsweetened
Orange-Strawberry-Banana Juice
Pear Nectar
Pineapple Juice, Canned, Unsweetened, with Ascorbic Acid
Pineapple Juice, Canned, Unsweetened, without Ascorbic Acid
Prune Juice, Canned
Simply Orange - Orange Juice High Pulp Grove Made

Jarred Fruit:
Del Monte Fruit Naturals Peach Chunks
Del Monte Fruit Naturals Pineapple Chunks
Del Monte Fruit Naturals Red Grapefruit
Del Monte Fruit Naturals Tropical Medley
Del Monte Orchard Select Sliced Cling Peaches
Del Monte SunFresh Citrus Salad
Del Monte SunFresh Mandarin Oranges
Del Monte SunFresh Mango
Del Monte SunFresh Red Grapefruit
Del Monte SunFresh Tropical Salad
Musselman's Cinnamon Applesauce
Musselman's Natural Applesauce

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