Whole Fruits – Not Just Juice – May Decrease Diabetes Risk
Researchers from the U.S., U.K. and Singapore found that several fruits help decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes when consumed as a whole fruit. Whole fruit consumption was compared to consumption of juice drinks.
The study was published in BMJ (British Medical Journal) and followed the health of 187,382 men and women without a prior diagnosis of diabetes. Researchers gathered food questionnaires every four years from the participants to track their consumption of grapes/raisins, peaches, prunes, bananas, cantaloupe, apples, pears, oranges, grapefruit, strawberries, and blueberries. It also tracked their consumption of apple, orange and grapefruit juices.
Researchers found that of the participants, 6.5 percent developed diabetes but those who consumed at least three servings of whole fruits (particularly blueberries, grapes, raisins, apples and pears) per week decreased their risk by seven percent. The results also showed that increased fruit juice consumption increased the risk of diabetes.
Diet is a major contributing factor for the development of type 2 diabetes in adults, which has the potential to lead to disabling conditions such as nerve damage and amputation. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes or are at risk of developing the disease, it’s best to discuss diet and exercise plans with your doctor or dietitian to avoid complications and to promote a healthy lifestyle.
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