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Low Sugar fruits in the Philippines

The eating of fruits is generally encouraged among diabetes because of its naturally low-calorie content compared to processed foods and junk foods. Moreover, the sugar content in fruits is generally healthier and safer than table sugar. Nevertheless, it is important for a diabetic patient to know sugar content of fruits because fruits are not equal in sugar content.

Here are top most common fruits in the In the Philippines, which are low in sugar content:

  • Strawberries (Baguio)
  • Guavas or bayabas
  • Papaya
  • Watermelon or pakwan
  • Cantaloupe or melon
  • Oranges and other citrus fruits (e.g. dalanghita, lemon)
  • Plum or duhat
  • Pears or peras
  • Pineapple or pinya
  • Apples or mansanas
  • Banana or saging

It is equally important to know the glycemic load index (GL) index of the fruit, which essentially measures the speed or pace of how carbs are release in the blood which in turn impacts blood glucose levels.  Among the listed fruits, strawberries and guava have low GL whereas watermelon, papaya, cantaloupe, banana and pineapple have higher GL index.  Hence, it is advisable that diabetic patients consuming these fruits take substantial exercise to prevent a high sugar spike.

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