Glucose is the body’s main source of energy. It provides energy for the brain and cells, that’s why it is essential to include them in our diet. Take note though that consuming more than what your body needs can elevate blood sugar level. For that reason people with diabetes are advised to avoid too much consumption of these foods. On the other hand, consuming low amounts of glucose may affect mental ability like decision-making, critical thinking and self-control.
The body’s needs for glucose depends on age, sex and health condition. According to the American Diabetes Association, most people with diabetes can consume 45 to 60 grams of carbohydrates per meal.
To help you in regulating your daily consumption of carbohydrates, we have listed natural and unnatural glucose-rich foods to give you an idea of the respective amount of glucose you can possibly consume per day.
1. Dried Fruits
Dried fruits like dried raisins, apricots, dates and prunes have very high glucose content. One packed cup of dried raisins provides more than 45 grams of glucose. Dried apricots and prunes have approximately the same quantity in 1 cup, while dried figs are slightly lower with around 37 grams in a 1-cup serving. Medjool dates contain the largest glucose content among dried fruits containing 33.7 g or 8.4 tsp of glucose per 100 g. Diabetics should only consume dried fruits occasionally especially the ones that contain additional sugar; go for dried fruits with no added sugar or the ones that contain low glycemic index.