Before I go any further with this article , I will like to state clearly that sugar is not all that bad. In fact we need , no, we all require sugar to survive.
Now lets think about those suffering from Hypoglycemia, (Hypoglycemia occurs when blood glucose levels fall below 4 mmol/L (72mg/dL) a condition also know as low blood sugar. An hypoglycemia patient requires daily intake of sugar beverages, they need sugary things to function properly. In rare cases could lead to coma or even death.
The main symptoms associated with hypoglycemia are:
- Feeling dizzy
Hypoglycemia is not to be confused with Diabetes. In fact they are very opposite of each other. Diabetes in other word is a set of conditions that may result in high blood sugar.
Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy.
The pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies.
When you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use its own insulin as well as it should.
This causes sugars to build up in the blood.
Diabetes can cause serious health complications including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lower-extremity amputations.
Diabetes is predicted by a clear set of symptoms, but it still often goes un-diagnosed.
The main 3 diabetes signs are:
- Increased thirst
- Increased need to urinate
- Increased hunger
If you need more information on both of these sicknesses kind visit here.
Sugar is the generic name for sweet-tasting, soluble carbohydrates, many of which are used in food. There are various types of sugar derived from different sources. Since source of sugar is aplenty, we will focus on those gotten from fruits.
Nature has abundantly afford us with ample variety of fruits, while they all appear and taste differently they also contain varying degree of sugar.
In this article, our Scope of fruit will be limited to the fruit with most sugar content. These fruits can be life saving to a patient with hypoglycemia and harmful to diabetic patient. In any case if you have any of the above conditions , kindly visit a doctor. Lets get on with the list which is in no particular order.
The fruit may not be common in the tropics, it is common around the Mediterranean and other temperate regions of the world. A cup of juicy red grapes contains about 15 grams of sugar. The fact is some grapes are sweeter than others. For example, cotton candy grapes contain more sugars, which is what gives them their super sweet flavor.
Another fruit that is not particularly popular in the tropics, Figs are the most sugar-dense fruit you can eat as one medium-sized fig contains approximately 8 grams of sugar. A serving of figs usually amounts to four of the wrinkly fruits, meaning that you’d be consuming 32 grams of sugar total in your serving.
It is best for you to eat proteins and healthy fats along with your fruit, especially if that fruit is part of a meal. The mistake a lot of people make with their smoothies is that they only add in fruit and miss out on the other nutrients they need.
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Lychees are not particularly popular in the whole world but it is an exotic fruit that is a favorite addition to Thai restaurant menus and cocktails. The fruit is surrounded by red, leathery skin ( when it is ripe), the ripe white inside of the fruit is super sweet to taste.
A cup of lychees has nearly 30 grams of sugar. It however also contains more than 100 percent of your recommended daily value of vitamin C. While they maybe difficult to eat, they are definitely worth it.
The is a very popular fruit in many parts of the world, but many don’t know it is packed with sugar. The amount of sugar content varies from species, anyway if you eat a whole mango fruit, you will be eating about 46 grams of sugar, which is more than what you get eating doughnuts. However, a serving of mangoes is typically considered to be about a cup’s worth. A cup contains 23 grams of sugar, which is about half that of the full mango.
This is another fruit that is not common in the tropics. The amount sugar you get from cherries is dependent on how you eat.
Dried cherries are far denser in sugar content than the fresh kind. One-third of a cup of dried cherries contain about 30 grams of sugar. Some of this sugar is added after the fruits are dried.
A cup of fresh cherries however has about 20 grams of sugar. Asides the sweetness, cherries have some health benefits since they contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds.
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This is a common fruit in most arid regions, you fine it common in Northern Nigeria to all the way across the Sahara to the Middle east and south Asia. Due to it high sugar content it usually eaten in replace of glucose for quick energy boost. Just like Cherry above, Date palm could be eaten fresh or dried.
The listed fruits contain high sugar levels and other interesting nutrients. These fruit will be very suitable for patients suffering from hypoglycemia. Diabetic patients however should avoid them and eat other less sugary fruits availabe.