Fruits, but not juices, cut diabetes risk
New research suggests that eating certain fruits, such as blueberries and grapes, may reduce risk for type-2 diabetes, but it also found that the more fruit juice a person drinks, the greater their risk of developing the condition.
For the study, published in BMJ, researchers pulled data from three studies, which involved 187,382 participants, and included food frequency questionnaires that were sent out and answered every four years. Researchers analyzed the participants’ diet using 10 different fruits and certain fruit juices, such as apple, orange and grapefruit juice.
They found that over the course of the study, 6.5 percent of the people developed diabetes, but that consuming three servings per week of blueberries, grapes, raisins, apples or pears reduced the risk of type-2 diabetes by 7 percent. However, the more fruit juice a person drank, the greater that risk grew.
Researchers say replacing fruit juice with whole fruit is a good rule of thumb, but the fruits you choose is important. Strawberries and cantaloupe, for instance, did not appear to have the same benefit as other fruits.