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Can Diabetics Eat Peaches?

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author image Amy Long Carrera
Amy Long Carrera is a registered dietitian in Los Angeles who has been writing since 2007 for such publications as The Insider, On the Other Side and Arthritis Today. She is a certified nutrition support clinician and her writing employs current research to provide evidence-based nutrition information. Carrera holds a master of science degree in nutrition from California State University, Northridge.
Can Diabetics Eat Peaches?
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If you have diabetes, the level of sugar in your blood is high because your body isn’t as efficient at using insulin to turn the carbohydrates you eat into energy. Peaches and other fruits contain carbs, but they are also packed with healthful nutrients. Fruit can and should be part of your daily intake, according to the American Diabetes Association.

Counting Your Carbs

Having diabetes doesn’t mean you shouldn’t eat carbohydrates, but you do need to watch your portion sizes. If you are counting carbs as a technique to track your intake, you will likely need between 45 to 60 grams of carbohydrates per meal and 15 to 30 grams for a snack, advises the ADA.

Peaches Pack a Punch

One medium peach provides about 15 grams of carbohydrate, so it will easily fit into a meal or snack. Peaches are low in fat, as well as a good source of potassium, fiber and vitamins A and C. If you like your peaches canned, choose them packed in water or their own juice instead of heavy syrup and limit your serving size to ½ cup.

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