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Fruit Cuts Type II Diabetes

Posted on 09/4/2013

An apple a day can keep type II diabetes away…well, it seems it also applies to blueberries and grapes too, according to a recent British study out last week in the British Medical Journal.


Eating more fruit -- particularly blueberries, apples and grapes -- is linked to a reduced risk of developing type II diabetes. Consuming blueberries cut the risk by 26 percent compared to 2 percent for three servings of any whole fruit

The research looked at diets of nearly 200,000 people from three large studies of nurses and health professionals in the US (187,000 to be exact) to see the correlation of fruit consumption and developing type II diabetes.


In these studies the researchers reviewed, 6.5 percent of participants developed type II diabetes (12,198 of 187,382). The studies used food frequency questionnaires to follow the participants every four years, inquiring how often, on average, they ate a regular portion of each fruit. The fruits used in the study were: grapes or raisins, peaches, plums or apricots, prunes, bananas, cantaloupe, apples or pears, oranges, grapefruit, strawberries and blueberries.


The findings of the data showed that three servings per week of blueberries, grapes and raisins, and apples and pears reduced the risk of type II diabetes significantly. Although all fruit was shown to reduce the risk, these fruits appeared to be most effective.


Seattle Sutton, BSN, RN

She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.

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