Are oranges good for diabetes?

Are oranges good for diabetes?

March 25, 2021 0

On many occasions, one of the most frequent doubts among people who suffer from diabetes problems is to what aspects they should take into account when they are going to consume products with sugars.

Therefore, today we answer the following question: can people with diabetes consume oranges?

The consumption of orange with diabetes is compatible, but there are different things that must always be taken into account when consuming this product.

Orange is one of the most popular products in Mediterranean cuisine due to its great vitamin intake.

In this article we are going to check if the consumption of oranges is correct for diabetes.

 

Is it advisable to consume oranges for diabetes?

The clearest and most effective answer would be: it depends on the rest of the amount of sugar intake present in our diet.

The first step when consuming orange if we have diabetes, is to check the blood sugar level that we have, since eating an orange will cause our blood sugar level to increase.

Regarding the consumption of oranges above all, people who have diagnosed any type of diabetes should know that they can consume fruits in general, but you must take into account the specific type of fruit, the amount of recommended daily intake and of course, in the case of oranges, how the orange will be consumed if we have diabetes.

 

Oranges good for diabetes

 

Peeled or squeezed orange?

At the time of consuming oranges, if you are diabetic, you must know that everything depends on the way in which the orange is actually consumed.

If it is consumed directly as juice, it will contain a higher glycaemic index than the orange eaten as a whole. Being in a liquid state the sugar will indeed come directly in contact in the blood, an instant sugar rush will be produced and therefore the assimilation process will be much faster than if a slice of orange is eaten as a whole, where the process will be slower and more natural.

The main difference is that the un-squeezed orange takes longer to ingest, thus producing a slower release of glucose into the blood.

Being in a liquid state the sugar will indeed come directly in contact in the blood, an instant sugar rush will be produced and therefore the assimilation process will be much faster than if a slice of orange is eaten as a whole, where the process will be slower and more natural.

The intake of this fruit in the form of whole food is advisable when consuming oranges if we suffer from diabetes, since, as it contains a high amount of fibre, it contributes to the slow digestion of sugar in the blood, which is known as a low glycemic index.

In summary, it is advisable to ingest the orange directly as a whole food and not in the form of juice, unless you are suffering from hypoglycemia (low blood glucose), in which case you will need liquid intake, since the body will compensate quickly, thus avoiding that dizziness and loss of consciousness that is so common in these cases.

 

Benefits of consuming orange for diabetes

The intake of orange is generally recommended for strengthening the immune system, thanks to its incredible contribution of vitamin C and antioxidants, among others.

 Eating oranges if we have diabetes does not have to cause any concern if we maintain a balanced diet that has a moderate intake of sugars.

It is considered as an advisable fruit especially for type 2 diabetes, because it provides benefits and contains a large amount of necessary antioxidants that are provided to the body along with necessary nutrients such as folic acid, potassium and magnesium, thus helping the person who has diabetes to avoide major problems regarding the accumulation of sugar in the blood.

 

As we have seen, the consumption of oranges for diabetes is advisable, but only as long as we have a healthy diet, and above all, we measure the daily intake of sugars taking into account that the recommended quantity is 50 grams per day among all foods containing sugar.

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