While fruits are loaded with important vitamins, minerals and fiber, choosing the wrong types of fruit can be less helpful to the health of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and Diabetic patients because some fruits contain high levels of carbohydrate, potassium and sugar. Hence, to maintain good health you need to count the RIGHT fruits as part of your meal plan, rather than grabbing any piece from time-to-time or avoiding it entirely. A diet high in appropriate fruits could improve the health of CKD and Diabetic patients, according to a study published by American Society of Nephrology.
Having a piece of fresh fruit or fruit salad for dessert is a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth and get the extra nutrition you need. The best choices of fruit are any that are fresh, frozen or canned without added sugars, you should choose canned fruits that are in juice or light syrup to limit sugar and potassium. Be aware that dried fruit is rather high in potassium and often has small serving sizes that can cause you to over eat which will disrupt your recommended diet. If you get your fruit intake via juice make sure that it is 100% fruit juice and that you remain within your fluid restrictions.
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Whether you love blueberries, strawberries, or any other type of berries, all are good for people with both CKD and Diabetes. Berries are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, fiber, low in potassium and carbohydrates. Three quarters of a cup of fresh blueberries have 62 calories and 16 grams of carbohydrates. If you cannot resist the urge to just pop a lot of them in your mouth, try berries with plain non-fat yogurt.
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Cherries are also low-carb and can safely be included in your diabetic diet. Twelve sweet cherries have 59 calories and 14 grams of carbohydrates, but tart cherries might be an especially good choice. A recent study found that tart cherries contain more anti-inflammatory agents than any other fruit, which are good for Diabetics and CKD patients who suffer chronic inflammation. Tart cherries have also been known to fight heart disease, cancer, and other diseases.
Apples, a low in potassium fruit that is full of vitamins are linked with preventing heart attacks and strokes in those with CKD and Diabetes due to healthy amounts of fiber and vitamin C. A small apple is a great fruit choice, with just 54 calories and 14 carb grams.
Low carbohydrate Kiwi is not recommended for those on a low potassium diet, but is an excellent source of potassium, fiber, and vitamin C for those without such restrictions. One large kiwi has about 56 calories and 13 grams of carbohydrate, so it may be a smart addition to your diabetic diet. Talk with your Dietitian before making any changes to your current diet plan.
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