By Meenakshi IyerHindustan Times

If you are living with diabetes, you may have found all kinds of conflicting information about diabetes-friendly diets. And the most common misconception is that fruits should not be a part of your diet. This is not true.

People with type 2 diabetes have to be careful about their carbohydrate intake as it directly affects the blood sugar level. According to a study conducted in 2013, fruits can be a part of a diabetic meal plan.

According to Dr Pradeep Gadge, "People with diabetes need to consider the glycaemic index and glycaemic load of fruits. When the glycaemic load of a certain fruit is on the higher side, this means that there will be more fluctuation in blood sugar level." Fruits are beneficial to not only your overall health, but the added fibre should be an important part of a diabetic meal plan.

But this doesn't mean that diabetics should avoid fruits altogether. "One size doesn't fit all. If you are someone with higher fluctuations you need to control portions and consult a nutritionist for an opinion," he adds.

According to Dhaval Shah, co-founder of an organisation that works with diabetic patients, fruits that diabetics can safely consume are:

Pears: This fruit has a n glycaemic index of 38. The healthiest option would be to eat them with their peel on.

Oranges: Oranges have a n glycaemic index of 40. Apart from providing a boost of vitamin C, oranges offer a good dose of fibre.

Cherries: The little fruits n pack a punch. Cherries have a glycaemic index of just 20 but are abundant in nutrients. Rich in potassium, antioxidants, and fibre, cherries are good for your immune system and heart. They have a short growing season so canned cherries can be substituted as long as they are low in sugar.

Grapefruits: This citrus n fruit has a glycaemic index of 25. Vitamin C, antioxidants, potassium and fibre are some of the nutrients they are rich in. Grapefruits help maintain healthy heart function and are good for digestion.

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