Can I Eat Fruit If I Have Diabetes?
By Betty Wade, RD CDE
Feb 8, 2019
Updated Nov 17, 2023
5 min read
You have diabetes, and fortunately you’ve decided you’ll do whatever it takes to control your blood sugar and manage your diabetes well. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of misinformation out there about what you can and cannot eat.
People with diabetes are often told not to eat foods with sugar — and you may wonder if you can eat fruit. Thankfully, you can! Like vegetables, fruit is loaded with fiber and nutritious vitamins, minerals and natural plant chemicals, which means it’s an important part of a healthy diet for people with diabetes.
Eating fruit while you have diabetes requires thoughtful planning. Follow these recommendations:
If you have questions or need help with menu planning, contact a certified, licensed dietitian or nutritionist who specializes in diabetes education.