Daily fruit consumption decreases risk for type 2 diabetes, according to a study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. Researchers compared fruit intake with blood sugar levels for 7,675 participants from the Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle Study. Those with moderate fruit intake of two servings per day had better blood sugar control and a 36% less chance of developing diabetes after five years when compared to those who ate the lowest amount of fruit. Fruits such as apples, oranges, and bananas have a low glycemic index, which is associated with better blood sugar control, and are rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals linked to diabetes prevention.
Bondonno NP, Davey RJ, Murray K, et al. Associations between fruit intake and risk of diabetes in the AusDiab cohort. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2021;dgab335. doi: 10.1210/clinem/dgab335