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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

People With High Blood Pressure Or Diabetes Should Avoid These 4 Fruits

Black woman eating apple

High blood pressure and diabetes (high blood sugar) are considered two of the 7 most deadly diseases that kill most African Americans. Diabetes is 60 percent more common among blacks than whites. It can be controlled with medication and proper eating habits. This includes fruits. Not all fruits are the same. Some can spike your blood pressure, bad news for people with high blood pressure and diabetes.

Avoid these four fruits

If you have high blood pressure or diabetes, you wouldn't dream of adding 7-9 teaspoons of sugar to every serving of fruit you eat, would you? But that's exactly what is contained in:

#1 - mangos
#2 - pears
#3 - apples
#4 - bananas

That's about 30-50 grams of carbohydrates. Remember, in the body carbohydrates are reduced to sugars.

Fruits that are good for you

Compare this to the 11 grams of carbohydrates found in each cup of berries, including:

* blueberries
* strawberries
* raspberries
* blackberries
* grapes

This amounts to less than 2 teaspoons of sugar. Big difference!

Oranges and pineapples are good, too, with about 20 grams of carbohydrates per cup. The general rule of thumb on fruits that are safe is that the smaller the fruit, the smaller the carbs.

For more information on fruits that are good and bad for you, visit

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