Cherries are a delicious and nutritious treat for everyone. But are cherries good for diabetics? Read this article to find out! Not only are cherries healthy, but they are also low in calories, high in fiber, rich in antioxidants, full of vitamin C and other nutrients that can help with diabetes. There are many fruits that are great for the diabetic diet as well. I'll discuss some of them in the article below.

In this Diabetic & Me article you will learn about:

  • Will cherries help lower blood sugar levels?
  • Contain cherries a lot of sugar?
  • What are the various cherries?
  • What are the best ways to ear cherries?

Do Cherries Help Lower Blood Sugar Levels?

Cherries are just one of the many fruits which you can eat to help lower your blood sugar levels. But they are only one piece in a much larger puzzle.

Cherries contain anthocyanins, a chemical that boosts insulin. This chemical could be one of the reasons why people with diabetes have better blood sugar control when they eat cherries.

2017 journal article about Dietary Anthocyanins and Insulin Resistance, found that cherries, as well as other fruits such as blueberries, seem to be targeting insulin sensitivity and have the potential to modify diseases such as diabetes.

"The improvement in glycemic (blood sugar) response is modest but significant." In other words - eating a handful or two of fresh sweet cherries can help keep your glucose levels down.

Does this mean that if I am diabetic I should only eat food that contains anthocyanin? Absolutely not! There are many things that work together synergistically to improve health outcomes; there is nothing out there that works alone without any interaction with anything else inside our diet.

The best way to combat high blood sugar is through weight loss and doctor-supervised exercise. If you have or are at risk for diabetes, talk with an expert to see which foods work best for you based on your preferences, medical needs, the current state of health, and more.

Can a Diabetic Eat Fresh Cherries?

A diabetic can eat fresh cherries but should be mindful of how many they're eating.

How many are too many?

Diabetics should limit fruit intake to three servings of whole fruit per day, which means they can have up to six pieces of fresh cherry pie. Stick with the berries and apples so the calories don't start adding up quickly!

Are Fresh Cherries High in Sugar?

Fresh cherries contain 12 grams of carbs per serving - which isn't too bad, at all! That translates to 7% percent of the daily recommended intake for diabetics who need 40-60 grams per day. Fresh cherries are also gluten-free and fat-free so you'll be getting a healthy supply of nutrients without consuming any added saturated fats or calories from unhealthy sources.

Other versions of cherries are canned cherries, Maraschino cherries, sour cherries, and sweet cherries.

Be aware that eating too many cherries can raise your blood sugar.

What Are The Best Ways To Eat Cherries?

Cherries can be enjoyed on their own as a quick snack or post-workout pick-me-up. Just grab some fresh fruit, dip them into dark chocolate (a healthier alternative to milk chocolate) and you have a delicious low-sugar treat.

They are also great in salads, smoothies, sauces, or baked goods like sweet and tart cherries.

Cherries can be found fresh during the summer months at local farmers' markets or grocery stores near your location. Get them while they're in season because this is when they contain the highest levels of nutrients and antioxidants. But if you buy frozen cherries instead (they'll work just as well), simply use them after thawing on the countertop.

Whether you need a healthy snack or are looking to brighten up your dessert recipes, these cherries have been selected and stored fresh with high quality standards in mind. Like many of these goodies, these too must be washed before consumption, but that simply means they're ready for a summer time salad or oatmeal breakfast!

Which Fruits Should Diabetics Avoid?

Fruits make a nutritious alternative both as a snack and as part of a well-balanced dinner. It is high in dietary fiber. Some fruits, on the other hand, are high in sugar and can cause blood sugar levels to surge.

Here are some fruits that have a high sugar content and are best to avoid:

Overly ripe bananas, grapes, pineapples, and watermelons should be consumed with moderation by those with diabetes since they have high sugar content.

It is recommended that you stick with the fresh fruit rather than canned or dried because it will contain higher levels of nutrients. However, if you must choose between these options then go with the dried fruit because it contains less sugar than the canned fruit.

Mixed Fruits

What Is The Best Fruit for Diabetics to Eat?

Some of the better fruits that you can eat as a diabetic are apples, oranges, cherries, blueberries, and avocados. These fruits are low in sugar but still provide plenty of nutritional value for your body.

For diabetics and those who want to stay away from high blood glucose, limit your intake of fruits with a higher glycemic index such as bananas, grapes, pineapples, and watermelons. Try adding some lower GI choices like apples, oranges, or berries into your diet instead!


Fresh cherries are an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They can help to lower your blood sugar levels while not adding any bad fats or calories in the process. Cherries can be enjoyed on their own as a quick snack or post-workout pick-me-up.  Cherries also work well when used in salads, smoothies, sauces, or baked goods like sweet and tart cherry pies! You should limit your intake of fresh fruits for diabetics to 3 servings per day so don't overdo it with too many cherries at once?

About the Author

Ely Fornoville

Hi, I'm Ely Fornoville, and I am the founder of Diabetic Me. Being a type 1 diabetic since 1996, I developed a passion to help people learn more about diabetes. I write about diabetes and share stories from other diabetics around the world. I currently use a Medtronic Guardian 4 CGM and a MiniMed 780G insulin pump with Humalog insulin.

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