Ask Leah! The Ingles Dietitian

Partner content: Bananas & Diabetes

Partner content: Bananas & Diabetes

Question: I have diabetes…can I eat bananas?

Answer: Yes, someone with diabetes can eat a banana. Bananas are a good source of potassium and fiber.

The key with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes is understanding which foods and beverages have carbohydrates in your meals and snacks. All foods and beverages with carbohydrates will affect your blood sugar. Knowing how many/much carbohydrates you are eating and can eat at a meal or snack is important and also pairing those carbohydrates with sources of protein and fat like meat, chicken, fish, eggs, cheese, tofu will help balance meals and your blood sugar.

½ a banana has about 15 grams of carbohydrates so one whole banana is about 30 grams. There are fruits that have lower amounts of carbohydrates like melon and berries.

Leah McGrath, RDN, LDN

Ingles Markets Corporate Dietitian

Related Items


Smokey Mountain News Logo
Go to top
Payment Information


At our inception 20 years ago, we chose to be different. Unlike other news organizations, we made the decision to provide in-depth, regional reporting free to anyone who wanted access to it. We don’t plan to change that model. Support from our readers will help us maintain and strengthen the editorial independence that is crucial to our mission to help make Western North Carolina a better place to call home. If you are able, please support The Smoky Mountain News.

The Smoky Mountain News is a wholly private corporation. Reader contributions support the journalistic mission of SMN to remain independent. Your support of SMN does not constitute a charitable donation. If you have a question about contributing to SMN, please contact us.