Can I Eat Watermelon If I Have Diabetes?
Watermelons are very popular fruit in America. They have been eaten since time immemorial. You may think it’s just because they’re green, but there are other reasons why water melon is so popular. For one thing, they taste great! Another reason is that they’re easy to transport from place to place and store well too. Watermelons are also very affordable.
There are many different types of watermelons. Some varieties grow in hot climates while others prefer cool environments.
There are even some varieties that don’t need to be picked before consumption (see below). However, all watermelons have the same basic characteristics: they’re fruits and contain a liquid inside them called juice. Juice contains glucose which is the main source of energy for humans.
The amount of glucose in watermelon varies depending on the variety. The average amount of glucose in a watermelon is around 5 grams per 100 milliliters (ml) of juice.
The higher the number, the sweeter the flavor. A typical serving size for a person with type 2 diabetes would be about 1/2 cup (125 ml), which contains about 3 grams of carbohydrate and 5 grams of protein.
Since watermelons are so low in carbohydrate content, they can be eaten without counting the carbs. However, if you want to limit your carbohydrate intake to a minimum, limit yourself to about 3.5 ounces (100 grams) of watermelon, which contains about 2.1 grams of carbohydrate.
Although most people don’t eat watermelon with the rind on, it’s okay to eat it if you wish since this part does not affect blood sugar or insulin levels.
Watermelon is very high in water content, and you may feel like you are full before you even consume a large quantity. It also takes your body a relatively long time to digest this fruit.
Because of these things, watermelon is often recommended by doctors to help treat people who have gastrointestinal disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Watermelon can also be helpful for treating dehydration since it’s 92 percent water.
Another use for watermelon is wound healing. It contains several nutrients such as vitamin C, beta carotene and lycopene that are helpful in reducing inflammation and repairing tissue.
If you eat too much watermelon at one time, you may have to face the dreaded vegetable soup! The high water content in watermelon can leave your intestines running “loose.” You may want to avoid eating watermelon just before bedtime if the bathroom is a long way away.
You can eat watermelon if you have type 2 diabetes. In fact, it’s recommended that you eat watermelon to stay hydrated.
The fiber in watermelon can help you feel full, and this can help you limit your caloric intake, which can in turn improve your blood sugar levels.
So enjoy a slice or two of cool, refreshing watermelon to stay healthy and hydrated. Just remember that watermelon is very high in sugar.
You don’t want to overdo it.
Also, if you have type 1 diabetes or certain types of medication that causes diabetes (called sulfonylureas), you should only eat watermelon that has been specially treated (called chinosing) to reduce the content of a chemical called “chenistose.” You can tell if the watermelon has been through this process if it has a black spot on it.
If the melon doesn’t have this spot, don’t eat it. You can also ask the seller if it’s been treated.
Always check your blood sugar levels if you haven’t eaten in 5 or 6 hours and are thinking about having watermelon. It’s possible that watermelon can affect your blood sugar levels in either a positive or negative way.
Unusual Watermelon Fact: Did you know that in the movie “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” the evil villian “Mola Ram” cuts out a man’s heart and puts it in a special container with watermelon juice?
This was done to keep the heart “fresh.” Whether this is true or not is uncertain, but it’s an interesting fact about watermelon!
Some more fun facts about Watermelons:
Sources & references used in this article:
Antidiabetic activity of watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) juice in alloxan-induced diabetic rats by BO Ajiboye, MT Shonibare, BE Oyinloye – … Diabetes & Metabolic Disorders, 2020 – Springer
Should Dogs Be Given Watermelon?: Here Is What You Need to Know by CDEW Seeds – guavafacts.com
Tell me what to eat if I have diabetes: Nutrition you can live with by E Magee – 2014 – books.google.com
American Dietetic Association guide to eating right when you have diabetes by MA Powers, MA Powers – 2003 – digilib.unimus.ac.id