But does a higher sugar content in fruits mean they are less suitable for individuals with diabetes?
The answer is no. There isn’t a direct correlation between the amount of sugar in a fruit and its glycemic index. To elaborate, the glycemic index measures how quickly a food’s sugar is absorbed into the bloodstream. A fruit like watermelon, despite having a relatively low sugar content of 6%, has a high glycemic index. This means the sugars from the watermelon are rapidly absorbed, making it a less suitable fruit for individuals with diabetes.
On the other hand, cherries, which contain a higher sugar content of 13% (more than twice that of watermelon), have a low glycemic index. This translates to the sugar from the cherries being absorbed more slowly, making them a more suitable fruit for individuals with diabetes. Plums also have a low glycemic index despite their sugar content.