Does Melon Really Have Too Much Sugar For Diabetes?

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Toby Smithson, dietician, diabetes educator and a
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and living it to its fullest. So, join me and hit subscribe. So, summertime is here. Yeah, one of my favorite
seasons of the year. And, interesting, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about
melon from my patients, wondering if they could have melon or actually thinking
they can’t have melon. Many people, especially
talking about watermelon, thinking there’s too
much sugar in watermelon. So, I wanted to have this
conversation with you to get the facts out and
get the facts straight. First of all, couple lessons to learn, we’re looking at total
grams of carbohydrates when we’re looking at a food product, not grams of sugar. So the grams of sugar are added into the total grams of carbohydrate. So for watermelon, for
example, the serving size is actually one and 1/4
cups of cubed watermelon, which, to me, I think
that’s a nice serving. And for honeydew and cantaloupe, it’s a serving of one cup cubed. Still, a really nice serving. So, we’re not talking about grams of sugar when we’re looking at
foods but we’re looking at total grams of carbohydrate. And these portions that I just mentioned are 15 grams of carbohydrate portion sizes and that’s what we use for carb counting. And it makes doing the
math a little bit easier by doing 15 gram increments. So when we’re talking about
a serving size of food we usually are referring to,
for grams of carbohydrate, 15. So, facts. One and 1/4 cup of watermelon is a serving of carbohydrate or 15
grams of carbohydrate and one cup of cubed cantaloupe or honeydew is also a serving. I want to make sure that we’re including fruits in our diet. After all, they provide lots
of vitamins and nutrients. The important point,
though, when we’re looking at carbohydrates and
managing blood sugar readings is that we can have a
serving of melon, like this. We just can’t have the whole melon. (crunching)

2 thoughts on “Does Melon Really Have Too Much Sugar For Diabetes?

  1. Thank you for sharing this information–especially for our Midwest Summers because we love melons!

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