Diabetes is a common condition that affects around 3.7 million people in the UK, and 90 per cent of cases are caused by type 2 diabetes. The condition is caused by the pancreas not producing enough of the hormone insulin, or the body not reacting to insulin. Without enough insulin, the body struggles to convert sugar in the blood into useable energy. You could lower your risk of developing high blood sugar by avoiding pineapple, it’s been claimed.
Eating too much pineapple could lead to high blood sugar symptoms for diabetes patients, warned registered dietitian Barbie Cervoni.
The fruit has a high glycaemic index – which means the body breaks it down into its respective sugars very fast.
Diabetes patients that regularly eat pineapple should avoid eating more than half a cup (64g) in a single day, she said.
“Certain fruits may cause your blood sugars to spike at a quicker pace than others,” Cervoni wrote on medical website VeryWell Health.
“Fresh pineapple is delicious and sweet, especially when it’s very ripe, which makes it a high glycemic index food.
“Depending on how you slice it, the thickness and width can change the amount of carbohydrates and make it easy to overeat too.
“If you must eat pineapple, stick to a half cup serving [pineapple cut into chunks] and aim to eat it with a meal or a protein-rich food such as low-fat Greek yogurt or low-fat cottage cheese.
“Avoid canned pineapple that has been sweetened with sugar. If you are buying canned pineapple, purchase the no sugar added variety.”
If you have diabetes, you should also avoid eating too many grapes, added the dietitian.
A single grape contains one gram of carbohydrate. That means just 15 grapes counts as a single serving.
Patients should also avoid eating too many cherries, mango, banana and dried fruits, she added.
Many people may be living with diabetes without even knowing it, as the symptoms don’t necessarily make you feel unwell.
Common diabetes symptoms include feeling very tired, passing more urine than normal, and having an unquenchable thirst.
Diagnosing the condition early is crucial, as patients are more at risk of some deadly complications, including heart attack and strokes.
Speak to a doctor if you’re worried about the symptoms of diabetes, or if you think you may be at risk.
A quick blood test should be enough to reveal whether you have diabetes, or not.