Tumi Johnson

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August 12 2015

Fruit, Diabetes, Nutrition

Here’s a limiting and false belief I’d like to see discarded:  fruit as a cause of diabetes. So I almost danced a jig when I saw this article.  The study, whose authors include the esteemed Professor Walter Willett, M.D., Dr. P.H. (the Principle Investigator in the Nurses’ Health Study), was published in the British Medical Journal in August 2013.

http://www.bmj.com/content/347/bmj.f5001

And here are my take-home points from the study:

  • The study’s goal was to determine the relationship between eating fruits and developing type 2 diabetes and the researchers followed more than 180,000 for several years to answer this question.
  • The study showed that AFTER adjusting the statistics for issues like lifestyle and other personal factors, each individual fruit consumed was inversely associated with the risk of type 2 diabetes. In other words, the more fruit eaten, the LESS chance one had of developing diabetes. 
  • Bananas, which I have found many patients fear eating because of the false belief that it can lead to diabetes, were associated with a DECREASED risk for developing type 2 diabetes. 
  • Eating blueberries, grapes, and grapefruit were also significantly associated with reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. 
  • The study noted that fruit juice consumption was associated with an INCREASED risk of type 2 diabetes. However, it should be noted that there was no specification whether the juice was pasteurized or in it’s fresh, unheated state.
  • Bottom line: Don’t fear WHOLE unprocessed fruit!  Besides the fact they are delicious and full of vitamins, they do NOT cause diabetes and in fact, are associated with a DECREASED risk for this disease.
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