Replace juice with whole fruit to reduce diabetes risk say scientists

Eating whole fruits could provide protection from type-2 diabetes, while drinking too much fruit juice may put people at risk of developing the disease.

That’s the conclusion of the authors of a new study published in the British Medical Journal.

The study, carried out by scientists in the UK, Singapore and the US, gathered data from the research into the dietary habits of over 200,000 people

It shows that just over 12,000 people developed diabetes. Those that regularly ate whole fruits had a reduced risk, and those who regularly drank fruit juice had a greater risk.

The authors say that the difference in speed at which certain fruits and juices pass through the intestine could explain why some fruits protect against diabetes.

Blueberries, apples, grapes (and raisins) and pears were shown to be particularly protective.