Grapes and Diabetes

grapes and diabetesPeople with diabetes and those at risk often avoid fruits because of the sugar content. This is a myth that we’d like to debunk. Grapes are actually a great choice for people with diabetes.

Contrary to popular belief, grapes don’t tend to highly elevate blood sugar, nor do they highly increase insulin levels. Since high insulin levels cause insulin resistance, choosing foods with a lower insulin response rate, like grapes, can prevent the development of the insulin resistance characteristic in Type 2 diabetes.

According to the Exchange Lists for Diabetes from the American Diabetes Association®, “a serving of 17 small grapes (about 1 cup) contains around 15 grams of carbohydrates.” If you’re managing diabetes, you and your doctor can determine the right amount for you. But 45-60 grams of carbohydrates per meal is a good guideline.

Featured Grape Recipes

A sugar-free diet doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice taste. Try these tasty low-carb and low-sugar snacks, while enjoying the many health benefits of grapes:

This material is provided for educational purposes only and is not to be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you’re concerned that you have diabetes, talk to your doctor, as this can be a serious medical condition.