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Fresh picked fruits-carb difference?

Discussion in 'Parents of Children with Type 1' started by acjsmom, May 25, 2011.

  1. acjsmom

    acjsmom Approved members

    Oct 14, 2010
    We went strawberry picking this past weekend and have been enjoying the fruits since then. DD enjoyed several of the strawberries on Saturday, and her numbers stayed high all night. We did bolus her for the strawberries according to the carb book. She also had some fresh picked blueberries and we bolused for those. Tonight, she has some more of the strawberries and blueberries, but I didn't see exactly how many blueberries. I bolused for the strawberries and guessed on the blueberries. I thought she would be low before bedtime, so imagine my surprise when she was 327.:eek:

    These strawberries are not any bigger than ones than others we have bought at the grocery store, but they do taste sweeter. Could this be making a difference in the carb count? Has anyone else noticed a difference with fresh picked fruits vs. store bought fresh fruit?
  2. dejahthoris

    dejahthoris Approved members

    Jan 28, 2011
    I wouldnt be surprised if they were sweeter! The grocery store stuff is like cardboard! Berry picking is a blast, I just love it. Last year we picked blueberries and I made cheese blintzes- like a blueberry crepe with cream cheese/whipped cream filling- it was soo yummy.
  3. sooz

    sooz Approved members

    Dec 4, 2009
    Just curious, did you weigh them or measure them in a cup or count them? I think the best way is to weigh them..It makes sense though that if they are sweeter they would have a higher carb count. I always count berries as one ounce of berries is equal to two carbs.
  4. JackyH

    JackyH Approved members

    Jan 7, 2010
    I am learning that the riper the fruit the higher GI - that is certainly my observation for bananas. I don't bolus the same when they are first bought as I do when they are a few days old and turning brown. I wonder if it's the same with Strawberries - the store bought ones are never as ripe and sweet as the ones you pick.
  5. vettechmomof2

    vettechmomof2 Approved members

    Jul 13, 2007
    no we find no difference.
    My thought was that you over eye balled the estimate for carbs of the fruits???
  6. Beach bum

    Beach bum Approved members

    Nov 17, 2005
    Some fruits when riper do have a higher GI as pp stated. Also, I find I get a more accurate carb count when weighing vs. measuring in a cup.

    It could be too that your child is effected more GI speaking with one fruit vs. the other. We see this with certain vegetables and fruits.

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