If you are a diabetic, not only are watermelons safe to eat, but you are encouraged to enjoy them as part of a healthy, balanced diet. While they have quite a few carbohydrates and natural sugar per serving, they are also low in calories and loaded with nutrients packed in juicy morsels. As long as you are following the guidance of your dietitian and health care provider, you can enjoy watermelon as a fruit selection.
The Wonders of Watermelon
This large fruit comes from the gourd family, known for their hard green rinds and red, sweet and watery pulp. Watermelons naturally have no fat or cholesterol, and they are great sources of nutrients that may be beneficial to diabetics’ health. These include vitamin A, B6, C and potassium. There’s also a bit of fiber in a cup of watermelon, which is important for digestive health and cholesterol control. Watermelon also packs a wallop when it comes to the antioxidant lycopene, which is only found in a few red plant foods and may help prevent certain cancers.
Diabetes and Diet
Fruit may let you pause if you’re diabetic because you may not be sure how they will affect your blood sugar. You can eat fruit, including watermelon. You simply need to count the carbohydrates it contains to account for it in your meal planning, but we encourage you to replace your dessert with fruit like watermelon.
Even more important is that naturally occurring sugars in fruits like watermelon come packaged with so many other health-enhancing compounds, which make watermelon a healthy inclusion in all diets.
A small study on watermelon supplementation published in the “American Journal of Hypertension” demonstrated that an extract from watermelon could help reduce and prevent high blood pressure.
The Florida State University researchers reported that watermelon is rich in an amino acid L-citrulline, which helps to build another amino acid, L-arginine. It’s the latter amino acid that helps maintain artery function and can improve blood flow.
Although they were using an extract in pre-hypertensive participants, they suggest watermelon may be a functional food that can prevent the condition from advancing to full-blown hypertension, a finding of note to diabetics. Watermelon’s potassium content may also help. You’ll get 170 mg in a cup of diced watermelon. Potassium helps blunt the effects of sodium on your blood pressure.
Whether you eat fruit or any other food, we suggest taking 2 Manna Blood Sugar Support tablets with each meal to help prevent blood glucose levels from going up.