10 Tips For Living Healthily With Type 2 Diabetes

By Hannah de Gruchy / Nutrition / June 20th, 2022

2. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables

Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables

Fruit and vegetables are the mainstay of a healthy diet for all of us. They provide essential vitamins and minerals and help to look after the health of our entire body. So definitely aim for your five (or more) a day, even if you have diabetes!

Fruits and some vegetables (such as sweetcorn and sweet potatoes – the clue is in the name!) do contain relatively high levels of sugar. It’s different from the added sugar used in sweets and pastries, but it’s still sugar nonetheless.

To avoid consuming too much fruit sugar, choose whole fruits rather than fruit juices that contain more fruit than you’d eat in a normal seating plus fibre that helps to mask the sugar. Juices tend to have the fibre removed. Also eat fruit over the course of the day, rather than all in one go.

If you’re concerned, eat one or two portions of fruit to three or four portions of vegetables and salads to make up your five a day. Fruit and veg doesn’t have to be fresh either – mix things up with frozen, tinned and dried options.

Fruit and vegetables are an essential part of any healthy diet, but be mindful of consuming too much fruit sugar, our advice is to avoid fruits juices and keep a food diary to monitor how much fruits you eat.


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