Can Diabetics Eat Grapes?? Increases Sugar Levels?? Let’s Find Out!!

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Dr. Pakhi Sharma, MBBSGeneral Physician, 6+ Years
Published On : 21-Dec-2021Read Time : 3 minutes
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Eating fruits is a pleasant way to fulfill your daily nutritional needs. However, sugar content in most fruits may concern diabetics. Wondering if diabetic patients can eat grapes? Are grapes good for diabetes? Or do grapes increase blood sugar? Let’s explore deeper into the nutritional aspects of grapes and their overall health benefits.

Contents:
  • Grapes: Nutrition Profile
  • Advantages of Grapes for Diabetics
  • Different Ways to Consume Grapes for Diabetes
  • How much Grapes can Diabetics consume and how frequently?
  • Risks of Overconsumption of Grapes
  • Other Health Benefits of Grapes For Diabetes
  • Don’t Have Time To Read?
  • FAQs

Grapes: Nutritional Profile

Grapes are sweet and juicy fruits, packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other nutrients. The glycemic index (GI) of grapes is 43, making it a low GI food. They are rich in antioxidant compounds, which help regulate blood sugar levels and prevent diabetes complications. 

100 grams of grapes contain the following: 

Energy : 69 kcal

Carbohydrates: 18.1 g

Sugars : 15.48 g

Dietary fiber: 0.9 g

Fat: 0.16 g

Protein : 0.72 g

Vitamin B6: 0.086 mg

Vitamin C: 3.2 mg

Vitamin E: 0.19 mg

Vitamin K:14.6 μg

Calcium: 10 mg

Iron: .36 mg

Magnesium: 7 mg

Manganese: 0.071 mg

Phosphorus: 20 mg

Potassium: 191 mg

Sodium: 2 mg

Zinc: 0.07 mg

Grapes contain carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, folate, and nutrients, viz. calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, zinc, phosphorus, selenium, and potassium.

Vitamin K plays an important role in maintaining strong bones. Vitamin C boosts immunity, increases absorption of iron, and helps in DNA repair. Copper helps in the formation of collagen and red blood cells.

Advantages of Grapes for Diabetes

  • A phytochemical (resveratrol) found in grapes increases insulin sensitivity.
  • Lowers blood glucose levels
  • Reduces risks of colon cancer
  • Keeps body hydrated
  • Natural immunity booster
  • Good for skin and hair
  • Rich in antioxidants

Ways to Consume Grapes For Diabetes

Grapes are colorful, delicious, and versatile fruits that can be consumed in many ways:

  • Can be consumed raw
  • Can be blended with other fruits to make smoothies or other tasty drinks
  • Can be sliced on top of a french toast
  • Can be added to your lunch or dinner salad
  • Freeze grapes to eat as a dessert

How Much Grapes Can Diabetics Consume and How Frequently?

Grapes can be a part of the diet plan for sugar patients. However, it is crucial to focus on your portion sizes. Half a cup of grapes (30 grapes) can be consumed in a day.

Risks of Overconsumption of Grapes For Diabetics

Excessive intake of grapes may lead to diarrhea and abdominal pain. It is important to wash the grapes thoroughly to remove pesticide content from the skin of the grapes.

Other Health Benefits of Grapes for Diabetes

  • Antioxidants present in grapes reduce inflammation, improve brain function, and show anti-aging properties.
  • The quercetin content in grapes has been shown to protect from Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Polyphenols in grapes have been found to reduce cholesterol, protective effect against hypertension, and dyslipidemia.
  • Saponins present in grapes promote good heart health.
  • The level of nitric oxide increases in the body after consuming grapes thereby decreasing the formation of blood clots.
  • Grapes improve digestion and are good for the eyes.

Don’t Have Time To Read?

  • Grapes are a rich source of vitamins C and K as well as many other phytochemicals that protect you from many chronic diseases.
  • Sugar patients can incorporate grapes into their diabetes diet plan.
  • The low glycemic index of grapes does not lead to a spike in sugar levels.
  • Use Phable Care App to consult India's leading diabetologists, order medicines, book lab tests, integrate Accu-Chek instant and other devices to get real-time remote care from the comfort of your home. Let's treat diabetes together.

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