Welcome to M.V Hospital for Diabetes, established by late Prof. M.Viswanathan, Doyen of Diabetology in India in 1954 as a general hospital. In 1971 it became a hospital exclusively for Diabetes care. It has, at present,100 beds for the treatment of diabetes and its complications.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Diabetes - friendly Fruit Platter

A Word of Caution: 
  • People with diabetes should not eat fruits along with a meal. Have it two hours before or after a meal.
  • Never have fruit juice. Eat the whole fruit as it delays the absorption of sugar in the body.
  • Fruits such as mango and jackfruit are loaded with sugar. So only consume the quantity  advised by your dietician.
Red grapefruit

The red grapefruit is sweet, sour and juicy and is a very healthy choice of fruit for people with diabetes. Start the day with half a grapefruit.  It is a power house of Vitamin C and helps reduce LDL cholesterol.
Use it in green salads, or as juice, or combine diced grapefruit with coriander leaves and chili peppers to make salsa.

Berries - Cranberries, Raspberries, Blueberries 

Add berries to your diet and enjoy low calorie food with maximum health benefits .Berries are a good source of anti-oxidants, fibre and various vitamins and minerals the  body needs to function normally. They are also low in carbohydrates. They give a feeling of fullness, help lose weight and prevent disease.

Choose ripe, firm, brightly coloured berries. Choose frozen berries without any added sugar or syrup.

Top a bowl of berries with a spoonful of low fat hung curd and a sprinkling of chopped walnuts. Add strawberry slices to a bowl of whole grain cereal. Sprinkle berries on a salad. Make a smoothie with frozen berries and low-fat milk. Add dried berries to oats porridge.


Water melon, muskmelon and honeydew are rich in vitamin B and C, as well as beta-carotene, potassium and lycopene. A slice of any of these melons will provide the necessary vitamins .Melons have low caloric value, Cantaloupe is a good source of dietary fibre, folate, magnesium, copper, and vitamin K.

Top melon slices with low fat curd and chopped mint. Slice melons in half horizontally, scoop out seeds and use each half as a basket in which to serve fruit salad. Add some soda water to fresh squeezed juice for a delightfully refreshing drink in the warm months of the year.


A peach is a good source of vitamins such as  vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin K. Peaches are also a source of thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, niacin, folate and pantothenic acid. It is also low in carbs and a good source of potassium and fibre. 

Have a peach as a snack instead of chips, baked goods, cereal bars and cookies. It  can help you manage your weight. Use it to top unsweetened whole-grain cereal, plain low fat curd  or plain low-fat cottage cheese.


Apples are low in calories and rich in antioxidants. Apples are also a good source of fibre and vitamin C. Vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infections.

Eat an apple along with its skin as it is rich in anti-oxidants.  Use in salads and pies or stew it.


The Kiwi fruit is a power house of potassium, fibre, and vitamin C. It is a low carb fruit and is good for people with diabetes

Kiwi is delicious eaten as a fruit, peeled and sliced. It can be added to tossed green salads or served sliced with strawberries and topped with low fat curd.  A chutney of sliced kiwi, orange and pineapple can be served as an accompaniment to chicken or fish. Blended kiwi and cantaloupe melon make a delicious chilled soup. For a creamier consistency, blend low fat curd with the fruit mixture.


Pears are loaded with potassium and fibre and are low in carbs. 

Pears can be eaten as a fruit or added in salads or stewed.


Oranges are known for their vitamin C content. They are also low-carb and contain potassium. 

Oranges can be added to salads, eaten as fruit or made into juice or used in desserts. 

‘Eat Healthy, Be Healthy’ Remember to eat only as much  fruit as your dietician advises  you to.

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