Fruit is not off-limits if you have type 2 diabetes. It has too many good things going for it, such as fiber and nutrients, as well as its natural sweetness. Cantaloupe has it all, says UTMB’s Lynn A. Maarouf, nutrition educator at the Stark Diabetes Center. “It supplies enough beta-carotene and vitamin C to meet your daily requirements and is an excellent source of potassium (an antioxidant that can help lower blood pressure).” One serving of strawberries gives you 100 percent of your daily requirement of vitamin C. “Also, these sweet berries contain potassium, which help keep blood pressure down, and fiber, which makes you feel full longer while keeping blood sugar levels in check,” Maarouf says.