Can Kiwi Fruit Reduce Your Diabetes Risk?

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Eating a Kiwi fruit daily is safe for diabetics. It has low Glycemic Index and is low on fat. It’s high fiber content helps control blood glucose levels. 100 gms of Kiwi contains only 7 gms of sugar but more than 200 mgs Vitamins. It enhances insulin sensitivity in the body, leading to increased absorption of sugar in cells, eventually reducing the sugar levels in the blood stream.

If you are diabetic, your health and happiness depend on the food choices you make, because only eating right can help you manage and keep your diabetes under control. There is often a debate on what one should or shouldn’t eat, especially, when it comes to fruits and fruit juices, since they are full of natural sugars. Kiwi, however, doesn’t pose any such problem. In fact, it is something you should include in your daily diet.

Kiwi For Diabetes

Recent studies have suggested that, kiwi fruit can help in treating patients having type 1 and 2 diabetes. One such study concluded that the extract from kiwi fruit exerted beneficial effects against diabetes by regulating adipocyte differentiation and function which is strongly associated with the development of insulin resistance and diabetes.1

It is also recommended that you can consume kiwi fruit daily without worrying about insulin rush as it helps you in controlling blood glucose levels. Kiwi fruit is a very healthy alternative to high fat or high sugar snacks.

Due to a variety of vitamins and minerals present in it, Kiwi is also known to improve your eye-sight, skin and heart, thereby avoiding complications which diabetic patients usually face.2

Kiwi is, infact, a safe dietary supplement for diabetic patients.

Why Kiwi Reduces Your Diabetes Risk

Low In Sugar Content

It is important for diabetic patients to avoid all forms of glucose in their diet. Unfortunately, most of the fruits are known to have sugar content. However, Kiwi, with its extremely low fructose (sugar) content, can be easily considered as an exception. Every 100 grams of kiwi fruit contains nearly 7 grams of sugar which is quite lower than any other fruit that we normally consume. On the other hand, every 100 grams of kiwi fruit contains more than 200 milligrams of vitamins which is higher than other fruits usually have.

Kiwi is known to have a very low Glycemic Index (GI) of 53 which clearly shows its benefits for diabetic patients.

Low In Fat

Kiwi is low in fat and as we know, it is very important for every person to manage their weight in order to control diabetes.

Enhances The Sensitivity Of Insulin

Kiwi contains Inositol which is necessary for controlling blood sugar levels in diabetes and thus, enhances the sensitivity of insulin in the human body which can lead to higher absorption of glucose into the cell that lessens sugar in the blood stream.3

Disclaimer: Diabetic patients already under medication should consult with their doctors before adding kiwi to their diet.

References   [ + ]

1. Abe, Daigo, et al. “A fraction of unripe kiwi fruit extract regulates adipocyte differentiation and function in 3T3‐L1 cells.” Biofactors 36.1 (2010): 52-59.
2. Larner, Joseph. “Inositol, glycogen, insulin, and six nobelists.” Journal of Biological Chemistry 288.17 (2013): 12313-12324.
3. Bieleski, Roderick L., Christopher J. Clark, and Karin U. Klages. “Identification of myo-inositol as a major carbohydrate in kiwifruit, Actinidia deliciosa.” Phytochemistry 46.1 (1997): 51-55.

Disclaimer: The content is purely informative and educational in nature and should not be construed as medical advice. Please use the content only in consultation with an appropriate certified medical or healthcare professional.

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