November 21, 2008, Newsletter Issue #181: Carbohydrates in Fruits and Vegetables

Tip of the Week

Different foods have different carbohydrate values and it's important to be aware of which fruits and vegetables are high in carbs, so that diabetics can effectively balance their diets.

If you like fruit, go with raw apples and pears, coconut, apricots and all kinds of berries, including currants. Vegetables that are low or moderate in carbs include green beans, beets, cauliflower, broccoli, lettuce and other greens.

Fruits and veggies that are higher in carbs are grapes, most citrus fruits (because of the membranes), breadfruit, pineapple, peas, corn and hominy.

Fresh, steamed, baked and raw are generally better than other methods for preparing fruits and vegetables, as important nutrients can be lost with cooking, and heating some foods can alter not only their consistency but also their carb count.

As with all things, moderation is the key to a balanced and healthy diet, for persons with or without diabetes,

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