Apples – The Diabetes Friendly Fruit

August 24, 2013 in Fruits

Apples are good for Diabetics

Apples are good for Diabetics

Apples  (GI: 38; GL per medium fresh apple of 150g: 7)

Apples are the perfect fruit for diabetics. They’re low-GI, available throughout the year and a great snack to pack for work or school, as they don’t bruise easily. Apples are high in pectin, a soluble fibre which helps to lower cholesterol and regulate blood sugar levels and bowel function, and also has an anti-inflammatory affect which may help diabetics to recover from infections faster.

Apples are also rich in immune-boosting antioxidants, justifying the old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. Apples are especially rich in quercetin (a strong antioxidant found in high concentrations in apple skins) which is associated with a decreased risk of type 2 diabetes, may help prevent heart attacks, reduce the risk of cancer and ward off eye disease.

For Diabetics eating fruits

1. Eat Fruit Slowly and in small portions – smaller apples are good for this.

2. Eat the apple with the skin, as the skin contains complex carbohydrates and phytonutrients as well as a lot of additional fiber

3. Only eat fresh apples, not dried or canned ones which may have additional sugar added.

4. If you are eating an apple, do so before a meal, and therefore reduce the amount of carbohydrates you intend to take during the meal.

What do we supply

Ambrosia Ventures supplies apples as one of the main staples in our Office Fruit Box solutions. We encourage the consumption of apples before meals, and as a healthy snack (instead of biscuits etc).  Popular apples that our clients love are: New Zealand Gala, and Royal Gala, South African Fuji (and New Zealand Fuji), South African Granny Smith (fondly known as the Green Apple), we also have Pink Lady, Pacific Rose, Rose, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious and even Ambrosia  varieties.