Blueberries, apples, grapes and pears reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, fruit juices increase risk

A large US study has found that eating three servings of fruit per week reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes, while drinking fruit juice could slightly increase the risk. People who ate three standard servings a week of blueberries had a 26% lower chance of developing the disease, they found. Those eating grapes and raisins had a 12% reduced risk and apples and pears cut the chances by 7%. Prunes also had a protective effect, giving an 11% drop in the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Drinking fruit juice increased the risk by 8%, according to the study. However people who replaced all fruit juice with eating whole fruits could expect a 7% drop in their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

For individual fruits, replacing three servings a week of fruit juice with blueberries cut the risk by 33% while replacing juice with grapes and raisins cut the risk by 19%.

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Read the science in the British Medical Journal.

Posted: 16/09/2013 09:53:13 by Laura Keaver


 

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