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Pineapple: OK to Eat?


Is this fruit too sweet to eat when you have diabetes? Get the facts here.

Serving size: ¾ cup chunks, fresh (120 g)

Carbs: 16 g

Calories: 62

Glycemic index: 51, low

Glycemic load: 8, low


Sweet-tasting pineapple is so delicious it seems like it should count as dessert. But it’s actually just as healthy for you as most other fruit (as long as you’re eating fresh pineapple, not canned, which may come drenched in sugary syrup). The glycemic load of pineapple is low, meaning a typical serving won’t spike your blood sugar. Plus, it offers a day’s worth of vitamin C and a smattering of other nutritious vitamins and minerals. If you must buy canned pineapple, look for it packed in juice instead of syrup — so it has no added sugars — but note that canned pineapple has more calories and carbohydrate than fresh pineapple. Cut your portion to ½ cup to keep carbs in check.

Quick tip: Pair pineapple with a protein, such as plain Greek yogurt or a slice of ham. This helps your body absorb the sugar from carbs more slowly, keeping your blood glucose in check.


Published on August 10, 2016.


— Compiled by Kerri-Ann Jennings, MS, RD

Reviewed by Toby Smithson, MS, RD, LDN, CDE on June 11, 2016.
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