CECELIA WRITES: I am a diabetic and I love watermelon. Is there a high sugar content in it, and if so what amount can I eat?
Very good question, Cecelia. I should preface my answer by saying that diabetics should always consult their endocrinologist and/or dietitian/diabetes educator with any specific questions about what they can and cannot eat.
That said, the good news is that diabetics do not need to give up carbohydrates, including sugar. Even more important is that naturally occurring sugars in fruits like watermelon come packaged with so many other health-enhancing compounds (fiber, lycopene, and vitamins A and C), which make watermelon a healthy inclusion in all diets.
The key for you is balancing carbohydrates during meals and snack time. That balance should be decided with the help of your personal dietitian. Making sure the carbohydrates you do eat come from healthful, real foods – like watermelon! – is the key to total health and weight management.
Thanks for your question, and I hope this helps!
Elizabeth Somer, Registered Dietician*
*Please contact your local dietician for personalized advice regarding any particular health concern you may have.
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