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Why is fresh fruit better than canned fruit for people with diabetes?

Whenever possible, it's best to select fresh fruit over canned fruit. Although fresh fruit can eventually spoil, it usually has more fiber, vitamins and minerals than canned fruit. Plus, fresh fruit takes a bit of effort to chew, which may cause you to eat slower, and allow you to be more mindful about your food selection.

If you do eat canned fruit, choose fruit that is canned in water rather than fruit in heavy syrup. The juice (or syrup) is usually included in the carb count displayed on the food label (unless otherwise specified). If the fruit is not packed in water, pour off the liquid to reduce the amount of carbs you are consuming.
Toby Smithson
Nutrition & Dietetics

For someone with diabetes, the focus is on total carbohydrate from food sources. A typical fruit serving of ½ cup of juice, ¼ cup dried fruit, 1 medium piece of fresh fruit or ½ cup canned fruit packed in its own juice will provide about 15 grams of carbohydrate.

Someone with diabetes should make sure if consuming canned fruit that they use fruit packed in its own juice in order to get more food for the carbohydrate content. Generally ½ cup of canned fruit in its own juice will be 15 grams of carbohydrate.

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