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Fruit Cuts Diabetes Risk

Sharon Palmer

There are plenty of reasons to eat fruit—these naturally, sweet gems are packed with fiber, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals—plant compounds with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity. Best of all, these plant foods are downright delicious. Studies are showing a plethora of benefits for including more fruits in the diet. And a new study links fruit intake with lowering diabetes risk.

Eating two or more servings per week of fruits such as blueberries, grapes, raisins, prunes, pears and apples may reduce the risk of developing diabetes by 23%, according to a study in The BMJ. However, researchers found daily consumption of fruit juice could increase the risk of diabetes by 21%.

Read the full study here.

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