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Muskmelon is one of those fragrant fruits that you just can’t seem to have enough of. It is packed with flavour, fibre, water and nutrients and is easily one of the most prolific food item when it comes to health benefits.
But what about people with diabetes? Is muskmelon good for diabetes? Let’s find out.
As mentioned above, muskmelon has a prolific nutritional profile with ample amounts of Vitamin A and C. Each 100 gms serving of muskmelon contains:
Dietary Fibre: 0.9 gm
Fat: 0.2 gm
Protein: 0.8 gm
Carbohydrate: 8.2 gms
Sugar: 7.9 gms
Apart from these, muskmelon is also high on minerals like calcium, manganese, magnesium, copper, potassium, iron, selenium, zinc, and phosphorus.
It is also a good source of Vitamin B, K, D, E and folate, all of which work together to help the body function properly.
Combined with its high water content and high fibre amount, and low carbohydrate presence, muskmelon makes for a healthy snack that helps in controlling blood sugar level and keeping you full for a longer time.
Glycemic Index, also referred to as GI, is a type of system that assigns a number or numeric value to foods based on how much carbohydrate they contain and how fast eating each of these can increase your blood sugar levels.
Whatever food you partake has a direct impact on your blood glucose levels. Being aware of the GI count of the things you eat helps you be mindful of their effect on your blood sugar levels.
Keeping a track of GI count is all the more necessary for a person dealing with complications of diabetes mellitus. Glycemic index, or GI, is usually divided into three categories:
Glycemic index or GI of muskmelon is 65 which puts it into the medium GI food category and makes it a relatively safer fruit option for people with diabetes, given that they keep a check on the portion size they are consuming.
1 cup of cubed muskmelon (approximately 120 gms) per day is the optimum amount that a person suffering from diabetes can consume. However, as someone with Type 2 diabetes it is important to note that you don’t combine fruits with any meals.
And instead have them as snacks. Also, please don’t add any salt or spice to muskmelon when you eat it, to get the maximum benefit from eating the fruit.
Consuming fruits and vegetables is important for people with Type 2 diabetes and while the information in this blog is helpful, it is important to understand that it is generic. The only way to understand if muskmelon is good for you is to understand your personalized glycemic response.
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