Fruit May Not Sabotage Control of Type 2 Diabetes

…according to an article in Nutrition Journal.  Fruit is a prominent component of the paleo diet.  It can be good for us, containing phytonutrients, fiber, etc.  But fruit has the potential to increase blood sugars, too, which may be harmful over the long run.  So whadda you do?

Researchers took newly diagnosed type 2 diabetics and split them into two groups. One group was told to eat at least two pieces of fruit daily, the other was told to eat no more than two pieces.

The researchers conclusions: 

A recommendation to reduce fruit intake as part of standard medical nutrition therapy in overweight patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes resulted in eating less fruit. It had however no effect on HbA1c, weight loss or waist circumference. We recommend that the intake of fruit should not be restricted in patients with type 2 diabetes.

Read the full research report.


PS: I haven’t read the full report yet.

4 responses to “Fruit May Not Sabotage Control of Type 2 Diabetes

  1. charles grashow

    Here’s the provisional pdf

    Click to access 1475-2891-12-29.pdf

  2. Fructose cannot be measured by Hba1c or home glucose meters. Supermarkets have been selling fructose sweeteners as being good for diabetics (with charts on the boxes extolling how their product doesn’t spike blood sugar). I think it’s criminal.

  3. Depends on what fruit don’t you think? Ripeness plays a huge factor…so does drying the fruit. Also, although a lot of people don’t like to hear it, fiber really mitigates the sugar response. Generally, soluble fiber you find in fruits like are great for energy for workouts and mitigate the BS response…Thoughts?