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Four reasons diabetics should be eating more fruit

04 September 2017 - 15:03

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The impact of fruit on blood sugar levels are lower than other harmful foods such as candy or soda. This is because similar to vegetables, fruit consists of mostly water whilst the rest of it consists of fiber. Fiber slows down the progression of fruit sugars into the bloodstream, resulting in a steady rise in blood sugar, rather than a sudden dramatic spike.

Here are science-backed reasons why eating fruits are actually beneficial for diabetics.

1. Fruit fights inflammation

Fruits such as plums, peaches, and nectarines contain phenolic compounds - special nutrients that have anti-inflammatory properties. According to a research conduct at Texas A&M University, once these fruits are consumed, the compounds travel through the bloodstream and to the fat cells, providing a good affect on different genes and proteins.

2. Fruit prevents diabetes

That's right! The nutrient known as flavonoids in fruit improves insulin sensitivity, which can result in lowering the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, shows research. A study conducted at Harvard suggest that women who consumed more amount anthocyanins (pigment that gives strawberries and blueberries their colour), had a smaller chance of developing type 2 diabetes than women who consumed less amount of the health-promoting compound.

3. Fruit slims you down

According to recent research, fruits could be more important than vegetables when it comes to long-term weight loss. A study by Utah State University observed eating habits of 77 overweight and obese participants to determine the effect of fruit consumption on their weight. After compiling all the data months later, it was found that eating more fruit resulting in more weight lost.

Moreover, when a Danish team compiled all the available studies consisting of fruit and body weight, they found that two out of the 16 studies indicated eating more amount of fruit aids in losing weight; five suggest that more fruit consumption reduced risk of gaining weight or becoming obese; and four studies indicated the same as the Utah study: the great amount of fruit eaten, results in faster weight lost.

4. Fruit boosts health

Similar to vegetables, fruit has health benefits such as; preventing heart diseases, strokes, stomach and colon cancer. Moreover, fruit also aided in lowering depression, common in diabetics.

So if you are diabetic grab a fruit! It is great for your health, and an alternative for when you are craving something sweet.

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